The seed count at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault mounted 1 million with contributions from the Cherokee Nation and more first-time donors.
Breeders from ICARDA are using a crop’s wild cousins to develop barley varieties that can survive on the fringes of the desert.
“We are working with more than 20 farmers around Morocco in a range of agro-ecological zones and will also expand some of our outputs to Senegal, Ethiopia, and Lebanon to achieve the best possible solutions for the barley, lentil, and durum wheat systems,” Filippo says.
ICARDA saved over 100,000 varieties of seeds held in a genebank in Syria. Their work is contributing to the knowledge of the world and paving the way for other genebanks to follow suit.