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The Seeds of a COVID-19 Response

The Seeds of a COVID-19 Response Luigi Guarino | Director of Science There’s been a lot of discussion during these past extraordinary months about the effect of the pandemic on the global food…

Illustration of scientist holding wheat

A Carrot Revolution Takes Root in Bangladesh

A Carrot Revolution Takes Root in Bangladesh “Everybody in Bangladesh loves carrots: all social classes, all ages, all religions, all casts,” says M.A. Rahim, a professor at the Bangladesh…

Carrots in a basket.

Genebank Platform Annual Report

Genebank Platform Annual Report Last year, the CGIAR Genebank Platform completed the third year of its five-year lifespan. The Platform ensures that the CGIAR genebanks are running efficiently, that…

Launch of Svalbard’s 100-Year Seed Experiment

Launch of Svalbard’s 100-Year Seed Experiment Safeguarding the foundation of our food system for future generations. Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway (27 August 2020) - A unique 100-year…

Photo: Svalbard Global Seed Vault/Riccardo Gangale

Building Capacity in Collecting and Conserving Crop Wild Relatives

Building Capacity in Collecting and Conserving Crop Wild Relatives How do you go about finding and collecting seeds from a scraggly looking crop wild relative in a prairie or a tropical forest, when…

“Genetic resources safeguarded in a genebank are useful only if they are accompanied by data that is easy to access and can be trusted,” says Juan Carlos Alarcón, the GRIN-Global Frontrunner, who is pictured here far right with representatives from (L to R) Bolivia, Uruguay and Paraguay. “The management of information is indispensable to safeguard the diversity of our crops. And, more importantly, to make it available to potential users.”

Seed Summit Highlights Need for Genetic Diversity

Seed Summit Highlights Need for Genetic Diversity A recent summit entitled Genetic diversity for more resilient food systems looked at the urgent need of safeguarding crop diversity due to the impact…

Expanding and Improving Genesys

Expanding and Improving Genesys Genesys, the online portal for information on genebank samples, is constantly evolving. First launched in 2008, it now contains data on more than four million…

Three big enhancements to Genesys now go beyond such basic passport data: the portal now allows genebanks to publish phenotypic datasets, subsets of accessions, and images.

Patagonian Farmers Welcome Climate-Resistant Alfalfa

Patagonian Farmers Welcome Climate-Resistant Alfalfa This slideshow presents a brief, but wide-ranging, look at the importance of alfalfa in Chile’s Magallanes region. More specifically, it…

Alfalfa, the “queen of the forages”, is one of the most important of livestock feeds. It has excellent nutritional value, and today it is grown in more than 80 countries, including Chile, where our Crop Wild Relatives partners INIA are evaluating plants that have been derived by crossing cultivated alfalfa varieties with wild relatives with the aim to develop types that are adapted to the drought and the cold of this bleak but beautiful austral landscape. Photo: LS Salazar/Crop Trust

How To Feed a Growing Global Population in the Midst of a Climate Crisis

How To Feed a Growing Global Population in the Midst of a Climate Crisis By Stefan Schmitz, Executive  Director of Crop Trust and Tony Simons, Director General of World…

Small scale farms and community groups line the road from Samfya to Mansa and focus on Cassava production for local consumption and to a lesser extent starch export.

One Thing Underpins the Food System We Need

One Thing Underpins the Food System We Need Luigi Guarino | Director of Science Another day, another report telling us that the food system must change. The latest is from the U.N. Committee on World…

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