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Is a pandemic the time to think about genebanks? 

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18430

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Contributed by

B.Muralidhar

Topics

Crop improvement, Genetic Resources

Crops

Dryland cereals, Grain legumes

Systems

Farming Systems, Livelihood Systems

Locations

Asia, Eastern and Southern Africa, West and Central Africa

Global Date

01/May/2020

Title

Is a pandemic the time to think about genebanks?

Keywords

COVID-19 pandemic, Crop Trust, Genebanks, Food systems, Hunger, Diversity, Food chain, Seed banks, Diversity of crops, Breed varieties, Global agricultural research

Language

English

New

Asia Program, West & Central Africa program, Eastern & Southern Africa Program

Size of PDF

274 kB

Story Partners

CROP Trust

Author/Key contact

SMCO staff

Story Source

https://www.croptrust.org/blog/is-a-pandemic-the-time-to-think-about-genebanks/

Story Published Date

01/May/2020

Story Lead Center

ICRISAT

Type

Science

URL/Link

https://www.croptrust.org/blog/is-a-pandemic-the-time-to-think-about-genebanks/

Description

Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is primarily a health crisis, of course – but it is affecting all parts of society and the economy, a major result being that people are especially worried about where their next meal will come from. With agricultural and food systems reeling globally, the focus of decision-makers is, at the moment, mainly on the business end of the food chain: on keeping global trade moving, supermarkets stocked and people fed. It is not the virus causing large numbers of people to flee Delhi and other large cities in the developing world, but the fear of hunger.

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