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Bioversity International coordinates the coconut genetic resources network (COGENT), which aims to improve the conservation of this other commodity crop  which is important for the livelihoods of people living in rural poverty. The network includes 39 member countries (more than 98% of the global production) and works not only to conserve coconut diversity but also to make it available for use by scientists and breeders, to facilitate the development of improved varieties that are resistant to pests and diseases, and can grow in changing local conditions.

We also work to ensure the safe movement of coconut germplasm around the world to where it is needed.

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Scientists from the Alliance and KU Leuven, with financial support from the Rural Development Administration of South Korea (RDA), have applied for a patent over a new promising method for clonal propagation of coconut, aimed at enhancing the conservation and sustainable use of coconut diversity.

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A global strategy for the conservation and use of coconut genetic resources 2018-2028

In 2018, the International Coconut Genetic Resources Network and Bioversity International launched an updated global strategy launched to advance research, conservation and production of rich coconut biodiversity to boost linked livelihoods.

At a time when the demand for coconut and coconut products is growing worldwide, it is important to conserve and utilize the rich biological diversity of the crop. This evolving Strategy will provide the benchmark for effectively implementing the comprehensive conservation and research agenda proposed by the international coconut research community, as a route to the enhanced wellbeing of millions of coconut smallholders across the globe.

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Saving the world's coconuts - The Atlantic and BBC World News report

While demand for coconuts and coconut products stays high, its long-term outlook is quite bleak despite researchers' efforts in safeguarding this unique fruit. The Atlantic and BBC World News interviewed Bioversity International and COGENT's specialists to learn more.


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