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Crop Trust 2020 Annual Report

Crop Trust 2020 Annual Report We are pleased to share the achievements that we and our partners have achieved during the last year in our 2020 Annual Report. Read the Annual Report

More than 30,000 Seed Samples from Seven Genebanks Secured in Svalbard Global Seed Vault

More than 30,000 Seed Samples from Seven Genebanks Secured in Svalbard Global Seed Vault A total of 85 boxes with thousands of seed samples will be deposited this week in the Svalbard Global Seed…

Genebank Resilience Tested as Pandemic Enters Second Year

Genebank Resilience Tested as Pandemic Enters Second Year In 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, and countries around the world instituted lockdowns…

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, a lab technician is busy at work at the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT genebank in Colombia. Photo: The Alliance

Diverse Food is the Real Low-Cost Food

Diverse Food is the Real Low-Cost Food Stefan Schmitz | Executive Director When the first Model T rolled off his assembly line, Henry Ford revolutionized the economy. Industrial mass production…

A Window of Opportunity for a Sustainable Future

A Window of Opportunity for a Sustainable Future Stefan Schmitz | Executive Director It is often said that in the midst of every crisis lies great opportunity. These insightful words apply to the…

CHINA - OCTOBER 20: Farmers harvest rice from their terraces to make a meager living. (Photo by Jim Richardson/National Geographic/Getty Images)

Plants in Print

Plants in Print It’s not very often that books with state-of-the art information on plant genetic resources come out, so when one does, it’s worth celebrating, and not just because I happen to have…

ICARDA Terbol Station in Beqaa Valley, Lebanon

US Crop Wild Relatives Desperately Need Conserving

US Crop Wild Relatives Desperately Need Conserving From sunflowers to blueberries, cranberries and blackberries to pecans and squash, the United States is home to a variety of widely eaten crops and…


Crop Trust a Finalist for Food Planet Prize

Crop Trust a Finalist for Food Planet Prize The Global Crop Diversity Trust is honored to be recognized as a finalist for the 2020 Food Planet Prize, which was established by the Curt Bergfors…

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Hope for Multilateralism Yet

Hope for Multilateralism Yet Luigi Guarino | Director of Science I think it’s fair to say that things have not been going very well for multilateralism lately. Quite apart from what’s been happening…

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Connecting Genebanks, Economics and Careers

Connecting Genebanks, Economics and Careers The Genebank Impacts Fellowship Two cohorts of young professionals have had the opportunity to leverage their passion for economics and agricultural…

HANOI, VIETNAM, 16 AUGUST 2016: Genetically engineered Cassava plants are transplanted in a experimental greenhouse at the Hanoi headquarters of the International center for Tropical Agriculture. CIAT’s mission is to reduce hunger and poverty, and improve human nutrition in the tropics through research aimed at increasing the eco-efficiency of agriculture. Backed by the Colombian government and Rockefeller, Ford, and Kellogg Foundations, CIAT was formally established in 1967 and began its research in 1969. CIAT’s staff includes about 200 scientists. Supported by a wide array of donors, the Center collaborates with hundreds of partners to conduct high-quality research and translate the results into development impact. A Board of Trustees provides oversight of CIAT’s research and financial management. CIAT develops technologies, methods, and knowledge that better enable farmers, mainly smallholders, to enhance eco-efficiency in agriculture. This makes production more competitive and profitable as well as sustainable and resilient through economically and ecologically sound use of natural resources and purchased inputs. CIAT has global responsibility for the improvement of two staplefoods, cassava and common bean, together with tropical forages for livestock. In Latin America and the Caribbean, research is conducted on rice as well. Representing diverse food groups and a key component of the world’s agricultural biodiversity, those crops are vital for global food and nutrition security. In its work on agrobiodiversity, the Center employs advanced biotechnology to accelerate crop improvement. Progress in our crop research also depends on unique collections of genetic resources– 65,000 crop samples in all – which are held in trust for humanity. Alongside its research on agrobiodiversity, CIAT works in two other areas – soils and decision and policy analysis – which cut across all tropical crops and production environments. Center soil scientists conduct research across scales – from fields and farms to production systems and landscapes – to create new tools and knowledge that help reduce hunger through sustainable intensification of agricultural production, while restoring degraded land and making agriculture climate smart. CIAT’s work on decision and policy analysis harnesses the power of information to influence decisions about issues such as climate change, linking farmers to markets, research impact assessment, and gender equity. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images for Crop Trust)
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