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.
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.
3. Project scope
The Project supports four main activities: CWR prioritization, collecting, conservation, and pre-breeding.
Project activities focus on collecting and conserving the wild relatives of 29 crops, and pre-breeding for 20 of these.
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.