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CIFOR-ICRAF at GLF Africa Digital Conference

CIFOR-ICRAF at GLF Africa Digital Conference

Restoring Africa’s Drylands: Accelerating Action On the Ground
2-3 Jun 2021
SESSION

Untapped potential: The regional national, and global importance of African genebanks

The focus of this GLF launchpad event is to highlight the critical importance of genebanks in Africa, their role in ensuring food security, and the challenges they currently face. COVID-19 has exposed how vulnerable and interconnected we are. Without international cooperation, effective safeguarding of plant genetic resources to secure the world's food supply is simply not possible. Genebanks are full of untapped potential in the incredible wealth of crop diversity they hold, and many are unable to live up to their promise due to an array of challenges, including being under-resourced. By making seeds available to breeders and farmers to develop and use crop varieties adapted to current and future climates, genebanks are fundamental in combatting the effects of climate change and are of critical importance for sustainable farming and the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. Using crop varieties that are nutrient-rich, tolerant to environmental stresses like drought and extreme heat, and are resistant to pests and diseases helps smallholder farmers to ensure their food security while putting less pressure on fragile ecosystems. And these varieties are essential factors in securing future food and nutrition across the continent.

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Speakers

Stefan Schmitz

Executive Director, The Global Crop Diversity Trust

Éliane Ubalijoro

Executive Board Member, The Global Crop Diversity Trust

Damaris Achieng Odeny

Global Cluster Leader, Genomics, Pre-breeding and Bioinformatics, ICRISAT

Susan Bragdon

Policy Advisor, Oxfam Novib

Tony Simons

Director General, World Agroforestry (ICRAF)
Executive Director, CIFOR-ICRAF

Agnes Kalibata

President, UN Special Envoy,
The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), 2021 Food Systems Summit
Host