FAO says traditional crops key to facing climate change
FAO/ITPGR media release, 14 November 2011

ROME, ITALY: On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), a high-level celebration was hosted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), while the ITPGR Secretariat released the list of new projects to be funded under the Treaty’s Benefit-sharing Fund, to support farmers and breeders to adapt key crops to climate change. The Benefit-sharing Fund is being used to support farmers and breeders in 21 developing countries to adapt key crops to the new conditions brought on by climate change, floods, droughts, plant pests, plant diseases and other factors. The current portfolio includes projects from India, Ethiopia, Tunisia, Bhutan, Malawi, Zambia, Jordan, Peru, Guatemala, Indonesia, Nepal, Sudan, Brazil and DPR Korea, among other countries. One of the projects funded is based in the potato park in Peru, where communities combine traditional knowledge with efforts to conserve native varieties, improve agricultural production and ensure food security. Read the FAO/ITPGR media release … Read about the 10th Anniversary celebration … See photos from the event …

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