Global Crop Conservation Strategies
Start year: 2019
Thanks to support from the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), the Crop Trust and its partners have been working to update five existing global crop conservation strategies and to develop 10 new ones.
Breathing New Life into Global Crop Conservation Strategies
Over the past 16 years, the Crop Trust has facilitated the development of 26 global crop- and geographically-based conservation strategies by experts round the world. To stay relevant, these strategies need to be continuously updated with new information on the status of crop diversity collections and the genetic structure within crop genepools.
Something Old, Something New
Starting in 2019, thanks to a grant from the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), the Crop Trust and its partners have been working to update five existing global crop conservation strategies—potato, yams, vigna, millets and sorghum—and to develop 10 new ones—for brassica, citrus, cucurbits, eggplant, groundnut, pea, peppers, sunflower, temperate forages and vanilla.
These strategies provide details about existing ex situ collections of crop diversity, including the status of their conservation, their availability, accessibility and distribution and provide concrete recommendations for how to improve and secure the crops’ long-term conservation and use.
Information and recommendations from the strategies are used by institutions and policymakers to help ensure that these important crops and their genetic relatives are secured in a cost-effective and sustainable manner for the future of all.
The development of this crop conservation strategy was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) as part of the three-year project led by the Crop Trust: Breathing New Life into the Global Crop Conservation Strategies: Providing an Evidence Base for the Global System of Ex Situ Conservation of Crop Diversity. The Crop Trust also cooperated with the Secretariat of The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) in the development of this document.
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Pisum sativum. Seed regeneration plots at American University of Beirut's AREC station near ICARDA's Terbol station in Lebanon's Beqaa Valley. Photo: Michael Major/Crop Trust
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Trevor Rowe (SARDI) measuring the plant height of alfalfa at the Waite Institute, Adelaide, South Australia. Photo: Michael Major for Crop Trust
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