The BOLD Project
Start year: 2021
Biodiversity for Opportunities, Livelihoods and Development (BOLD) is a 10-year project to strengthen food and nutrition security worldwide by supporting the conservation and use of crop diversity.
Harnessing Crop Diversity To Adapt To The Climate Crisis
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).
BOLD will support 15 national genebanks worldwide to conserve their existing collections, develop new crop diversity through partnerships with breeders, and collaborate with farmers to use that diversity in their fields.
Diversity For Long-term Impact
BOLD directly contributes to Target 2.5 of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 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.”
Some types of rice are for the Saamaka’s staple foods but some, such as these darker ones, are reserved for traditional ceremonies, funerals and ritual offerings by Maroon communities. Photograph: Bram Ebus/The Guardian
30 Jan 2024
Jerry Tjoe Awie and Beri Bonglim Tambam at Santigron, the second multiplication site of the BOLD project in Suriname.
30 Jan 2024
29 Jan 2024
27 Feb 2024 - 27 Feb 2024
Crop Trust (facilitator)
- International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (Plant Treaty)
- Nordic Genetic Resource Center
- Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
- Svalbard Global Seed Vault
- Government of Norway