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Diversity Seek -- Crop diversity for food security

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DivSeek is a global initiative to harness crop diversity in genebanks for food security and climate change adaptation

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Diversity Seek -- Crop diversity for food security

  1. 1. Diversity Seek (DivSeek) A global initiative to harness crop diversity for food security and climate adaptation
  2. 2. • Declining rate of yield increase • Declining food reserves • Growing populations • More demanding populations  need +60% cereals by 2050 • Climate change The challenge
  3. 3. The solutions • Increase resource use – Expand land – Inputs (water, fertilizers) • Decrease waste • Refine agronomic practices • Accelerate genetic improvement
  4. 4. Crop diversity: opportunity • Fundamental raw materials for crop improvement • >7 M accessions in >1,700 genebanks
  5. 5. Crop diversity: challenge • Profoundly underutilized • Searching for needle in a haystack • Big, largely untapped opportunity 6% 94% Maize allelic diversity Sarah Hearne, CIMMYT
  6. 6. Game-changers • Increasing emphasis on using natural variation • New technologies Ed Buckler (Cornell): speed of DNA sequencing has increased 25 million-fold in 20 years – From home  office – From home  sun
  7. 7. Many projects out there 3,000 Rice Genomes Project (IRRI) ✔ ✔ Seeds of Discovery (CIMMYT) ✔ ✔ ✔ Digital Seed Bank (GPC) ✔ ✔ ✔ Crop Wild Relatives Project (Crop Trust) ✔ ✔ ✔ … Convergence of ideas & concepts across crops and organizations
  8. 8. Diversity Seek Networking of like-minded efforts to harness crop diversity for food security White paper: http://www.divseek.org
  9. 9. Cross-crop learning & integration • Advocate common data standards and legal frameworks to assemble network of interoperable data sets & repositories • Common research approaches for crops with similar biology • Cross-cutting tools and platforms & capacity-strengthening
  10. 10. DivSeek stakeholders • Demand-driven agricultural research – Broaden the genetic base of breeding programs – Accelerate genetic gains • Discovery-driven fundamental research – Stimulate discoveries that generate spill-over effects into crop improvement • Genebanks – From ‘warehouses’ to research centers that actively investigate the genetic potential of their holdings
  11. 11. First Partners’ Assembly • 69 organizations from 30 countries signed expression of interest • First Partners’ Assembly in Jan 2015 • Charter approved: – The mission of DivSeek is to cross-link, support and add value to individual activities that harness the power of crop diversity for food and nutritional security and societal and economic benefits, by enabling breeders and researchers to mobilize genetic variation in order to accelerate crop improvement.
  12. 12. DivSeek Facilitation Unit
  13. 13. An invitation to join info@divseek.org www.divseek.org

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