The Crop Wild Relatives Project
The Crop Wild Relatives Project (CWR) is a major global effort
to conserve CWR and facilitate their use in crop breeding for food security.
Crop Wild Relatives
CWR are the wild ‘cousins’ of our cultivated crops. Much like the wolf is related to the dog, CWR are related to our food plants and contain
useful diversity, for adapting crops to climate change.
Project activities focus on collecting and conserving the wild relatives of
29 crops and pre-breeding for 19 crops.