Using crop diversity to adapt to climate change: highlighting the importance of
the Plant Treaty policy support

Climate changes are having significant, often negative, impacts on farming systems around the world. One strategy for responding to this situation is to look for germplasm that have evolved elsewhere, under similar climatic conditions to those in areas currently under stress.

Countries affected by climate change will become increasingly dependent on germplasm of crops, forages and wild relatives that have evolved in other parts of the world. The ability of farmers, plant breeders and natural resource managers to identify and access such germplasm is becoming increasingly important as climates continue to change.

This brief highlights efforts in East Africa and in Asia, Pacific and Oceania, supported by two internationally funded projects, to develop user-friendly tools and methods to identify germplasm of populations/varieties/species that are adapted to the changing climates of areas where farmers’ cropping systems are already under stress. The brief also highlights the importance of the Plant Treaty’s policy support for these activities.

Category: Policy papers

Author: Halewood, M.; Mathur, P.; Fadda, C.; Otieno, G.

Corporate Author: Bioversity International, Rome (Italy)

Journal or series: 4 p.

Publication Year: 2013

Publication Format: PDF

ISBN-13: 978-92-9043-960-8

Language: EN

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