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Surveying crops for climate change adaptation

Trial plots of taro growing in Papua New Guinea as part of a climate change adaptation initiative (© Bioversity International/P Mathur)
Trial plots of taro growing in Papua New Guinea as part of a climate change adaptation initiative
© Bioversity International/P Mathur

To draw greater attention to the role of traditional crops in climate change adaptation, Bioversity International is conducting a global survey in an effort to document which crops are stress tolerant and have potential to improve the livelihoods of farmers and communities. Many traditional crops are tolerant of drought, flooding, pests or other stressful conditions, so are valuable sources of food when other crops fail. These crops are becoming more important as the weather becomes increasingly harsh and unpredictable due to climate change.

Agricultural researchers, people working with farming communities, farmers and gardeners are being asked to take a few minutes to complete the survey and share their insights. The deadline to complete the survey is 7th February and it can be completed in English, Spanish and French.

Date published: January 2014

 

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