1. The Project

The objective of the Project

“Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change: Collecting, Protecting and Preparing Crop Wild Relatives”

is to collect many of the most important species of crop wild relatives, ensure their long-term conservation, and facilitate their use in breeding new, improved crops. This is planned as a ten-year project, supported by the Government of Norway.

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2. Why
it matters

Crop wild relatives contain an incredible amount of genetic diversity, usually much more than is found in the crops to which they are related, and as a group represent an invaluable resource for crop improvement.

Many of their unique characteristics show particular promise for helping to adapt agricultural systems to climate change. For example, many crop wild relatives are drought-tolerant, as is the wild barley species Hordeum spontaneum.


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CWR and climate change adaptation

3. Project scope

Project stages

The Project supports four main activities: CWR prioritization, collecting, conservation, and pre-breeding.

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the Project stages

Project crops

Project’ activities focus on collecting and conserving the wild relatives of 29 crops, and pre-breeding for 20 of these.

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the 29 focal crops

Project partners

The Project is jointly led and managed by the Global Crop Diversity Trust and the Millennium Seed Bank of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, UK, and is being implemented by numerous partners all over the world.

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who we work with

4. Project Stages

The Project includes four main components: prioritizing CWR based on gap analysis and other criteria, collecting them in the field, conserving them in genebanks, and pre-breeding to prepare them for use by crop breeders.





5. Where we work

The Project is bringing together an international community of people interested in the conservation and use of crop wild relatives.

Our interactive Partners Map illustrates the global nature of the community involved in different Project activities, and provides descriptions of project partners by country, crop genepool, and type of activity.


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Partners Map