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International Hummus Day: Celebrating the Chickpea

International Hummus Day: Celebrating the Chickpea The casual foodie might know a few fun facts about the chickpea. It’s a core ingredient in hummus, yes. It’s stuffed with protein, healthy fibers,…

A cool-season crop, chickpea is one of the most nutritionally-packed of all the grain legumes. Chickpea seeds contain on average 23% more protein than other legumes, with no anti-nutritional or toxic factors. With the new deposit, ICARDA has deposited over 6,500 types of chickpea to date.

Cowpea: How to Make a Hardy Crop Even Tougher

Cowpea: How to Make a Hardy Crop Even Tougher The cowpea keeps millions of people fed every day—but with the climate crisis threatening production, scientists are finding ways to increase its yields…

Two extended handfuls of cowpeas

2019 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report Letter from the Executive Director "The importance of the global family of genebanks as fail-safes for our planet’s future food supply has never been so apparent." Recently,…

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Svalbard, A Day in the Life

Svalbard, A Day in the Life Polar Bears, Choirs and Camaraderie Touching base with Åsmund Asdal, Seed Vault Coordinator, NordGen Coronavirus SARD-CoV-2 (COVID-19) continues to significantly impact…

Hari Upadhyaya: The Fearless Breeder in the Genebank

Hari Upadhyaya: The Fearless Breeder in the Genebank

Dr. Upadhyaya standing in front of genebank seed collection.

Cryopreservation and the Future of Plant Conservation

Cryopreservation and the Future of Plant Conservation It might come as a surprise that there are many crops that can’t be conserved in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Aside from today’s star the…

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Climate-proofing Our Foods With Crop Wild Relatives

Climate-proofing Our Foods With Crop Wild Relatives This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and to our…

Hidden Opportunities in the Unique Produce Panic Shoppers Leave Behind

Hidden Opportunities in the Unique Produce Panic Shoppers Leave Behind In the whirlwind of the last several months, the global pandemic COVID-19 has altered the way many of us run our lives as we…

A COVID-19 Update by Stefan Schmitz

A COVID-19 Update by Stefan Schmitz Stefan Schmitz, Executive Director The values of multilateralism have never been so important As I write, one third of the world’s population is in “lockdown”.…

'Tip of the Iceberg' by Stefan Schmitz, Crop Trust Executive Director

'Tip of the Iceberg' by Stefan Schmitz, Crop Trust Executive Director Stefan Schmitz | Executive Director In November 2019, it was my honor to accept the position of Executive Director of the Crop…

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