Harnessing Crop Diversity to Adapt to the Effects of the Climate Crisis
Crop diversity is the biological foundation of agriculture, a treasure trove of useful traits in plants that we can harness to build climate-resilient crops that have a long-term impact in farmers’ fields and sustain productivity, income, resilience, and ultimately food and nutritional security.
Conserving and using our crop diversity is the foundation for developing crops and diversifying farming systems that are resilient to the devastating effects of a rapidly changing climate, ensuring food security and nutrition for all in a sustainable way.
BOLD (Biodiversity for Opportunities, Livelihoods and Development) is a groundbreaking 10-year project to strengthen food and nutrition security worldwide by supporting the conservation and use of crop diversity. Funded with USD 58 million from the Government of Norway and launched in 2021, it builds on the work and achievements of the decade-long Crop Wild Relatives Project (2011- 2021).
Supporting United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2
BOLD directly contributes to Target 2.5 of SDG 2, to “maintain the genetic diversity of seeds, cultivated plants and farmed and domesticated animals and their related wild species, including through soundly managed and diversified seed and plant banks at the national, regional and international levels, and promote access to and fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge.”
Addressing Challenges, Together
BOLD is organized in five complementary work packages, or components, as described below.