Rich data on breeding, processing and policies of crops such as amaranth, buckwheat and cold-tolerant rice can now be found on the recently-launched project website Himalayan Crops. Known by the local farmers as the 'Local Crop Project', the two-year-old initiative's collaborators' main focus is the conservation of globally and locally important crop biodiversity of the Nepalese Himalayas. In the environmentally-variable mountainous agroecosystems of Humla, Jumla, Lamjung and Dolakha districts of Nepal, where the project takes place, climate change-resistant and nutritious crops such as grain amaranth, common bean and different varieties of millet make up large portions of peoples' diets.
We invite you to click through the user-friendly interface and learn fascinating facts about 8000 year-old crops such as naked barley, download research publications, discover the key elements of grassroots breeding and gain insight into how and why research organizations such as Bioversity International identify custodian farmers.
The project is coordinated by the Bioversity International in collaboration with Nepal Agriculture Research Council (NARC), Department of Agriculture (DoA) and Local Initiative for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LI-BIRD) with the financial support of GEF UNEP.