In Africa, the genetic diversity of crops guaranteed to be preserved
Published Sep 19, 2023
Crop Trust and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) have signed a long-term financing agreement to preserve and promote the genetic resources of staple crops in Africa. The IITA Gene Bank houses over 36,000 important food crops from the region, including maize, peanuts, yams, and cowpeas. The funding for this project will come from the Crop Trust, CGIAR Genebank Initiative, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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The preservation and valorization of genetic resources of staple crops in Africa, an essential element of food security, will be ensured thanks to the signing of a long-term financing agreement between Crop Trust and International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA ), based in Nigeria. The IITA Gene Bank brings together more than 36,000 key food crops from sub-Saharan Africa, from maize to Bambara peanuts and yams. It also has the largest collection of cowpea genetic resources from around the world. In ...