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GLF Climate 2021

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20 Oct 2021 - 20 Oct 2021
A miniature forest of cassava carpets a hill in Sơn La Province, Vietnam, broken only by a small patch of tea. In Southeast Asia, cassava is grown by 8 million farmers for local consumption and, increasingly, export. 7.8 million metric tons of dried cassava circulate on the global market every year, and 7.7 million of these are grown in Southeast Asia. Vietnam is the second major exporter after nearby Thailand.A miniature forest of cassava carpets a hill in Sơn La Province, Vietnam, broken only by a small patch of tea. In Southeast Asia, cassava is grown by 8 million farmers for local consumption and, increasingly, export. 7.8 million metric tons of dried cassava circulate on the global market every year, and 7.7 million of these are grown in Southeast Asia. Vietnam is the second major exporter after nearby Thailand.

GLF Climate: Forests, Food, Finance - Frontiers of Change

November 5, 2021 12:00 AM  to November 7, 2021 11:59 PM CET

Online and in-person at the University of Glasgow

From November 5 to 7, climate heroes are gathering virtually and in Glasgow, UK at the Global Landscapes Forum Climate Conference, happening alongside COP26. Over the three days, participants will review country commitments, address challenges to climate action and showcase efforts to develop climate-smart landscapes. 

The conference will unite GLF’s global community in 185 countries at what is considered to be one of the most significant climate conferences in history. More than 5,000 people are expected to gather to discuss forests, food, and finance for a more sustainable future. Participants will include practitioners, farmer organizations, Indigenous Peoples, community leaders, researchers, policymakers, financial investors, global and regional media, the private sector, civil society organizations, interest groups, youth groups, activists, and individual citizens. Coverage will be provided in English, Spanish and French.

The Crop Trust is hosting two virtual sessions to celebrate the decade-long Crop Wild Relatives Project, which comes to an end later this year, and to launch the new BOLD Project. Read on to learn more about these events. 

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Sessions

Into the Wild: Climate Resilient Crops for a Drier, Hotter World

Saturday, 6 November 2021, 09:00–10:30 GMT

This 90-minute panel will celebrate the major successes and lessons learned over a decade of adapting crops to climate change through the pioneering Crop Wild Relatives (CWR) Project

The session will bring together stakeholders from the CWR Project to discuss the urgent need to collect and use crop wild relatives to combat the devastating effects of the rapidly changing climate. Panelists will explore the participatory approach and the need for researchers and breeders to work closely with farmers and farming communities. 

Through this lens, we will celebrate the successes of the CWR Project as it comes to a close and springboard into its sister project, BOLD—a new 10-year initiative, launched in 2021 with USD 58 million in funding from the Government of Norway. BOLD builds upon the achievements and lessons of the CWR Project. 

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Speakers

  • Crop Trust Executive Director Stefan Schmitz
  • ICRISAT Global Clusters Lead Damaris Achieng Odeny
  • Journalist, Academic and Consultant Simran Sethi
  • African Plant Breeders Association General Secretary Enoch G. Achigan-Dako
  • Crop Trust Senior Specialist in Plant Genetic Resources and Pre-breeding Shivali Sharma
  • Crop Trust Crop Wild Relatives Project Lead Benjamin Kilian
  • Agricultural Research Institute of Chile (INIA) Researcher in Grasslands for Mediterranean Areas Carlos Ovalle Molina 
  • Grupo Yanapai Director Maria Scurrah

It Starts With A Seed: Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change

Saturday, 06 November 2021, 10:30–11:30 GMT

Climate change is putting the livelihoods, health and well-being of millions at stake. Conserving and harnessing our crop diversity, the foundation of agriculture, is the basis for developing crops and farming systems that are resilient to the devastating effects of the climate crisis and ensuring food security and nutrition for those most vulnerable.

The Crop Trust and Government of Norway have launched a groundbreaking project, “Biodiversity for Opportunities, Livelihoods and Development,” or BOLD to conserve and use seeds from low-income countries to produce climate-resistant varieties to combat the climate emergency. 

As part of this launchpad event, we will launch the new "Emergency Reserve for Genebanks" fund to rescue seed collections at great risk.

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Speakers

  • Crop Trust Executive Director Stefan Schmitz
  • Government of Norway Minister of International Development Anne Beathe Tvinnereim
  • Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) Senior Agricultural Advisor Daniel van Gilst
  • Secretary of the International Plant Treaty Kent Nnadozie
  • McGill University Professor of Practice and Crop Trust Board Member Éliane Ubalijoro
  • Crop Trust Seeds for Resilience Project Manager Nora Castañeda-Álvarez
  • NordGen Genebank Coordinator Åsmund Asdal

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