Millennium Seed Bank seeds for Angola

On a recent trip to Angola, UK Minister for Africa, Henry Bellingham MP, presented tree seeds from the Millennium Seed Bank to the Agostinho Neto University in Luanda.

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11 Apr 2011

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Seeds of Vitellaria paradoxa

Seeds of Vitellaria paradoxa, one of the species banked at the MSB (Image: E. Vaes, RBG Kew)

Meeting at the University

When the UK Minister for Africa, Henry Bellingham MP, began a four day visit to Angola in December 2010, one of the first things he did was to present some tree seeds from the Millennium Seed Bank to the Agostinho Neto University in Luanda. Mr Bellingham was visiting the exciting new University campus, which will incorporate a National Botanical Garden.

The presentation was received by the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Maria Candida Pereira Teixera, seen here (image, right) with Mr Bellingham and the British Ambassador, Richard Wildash (a Life Member of the Friends of RBG Kew). The two Ministers expressed the hope that the presentation would mark the start of fresh collaboration between Angola and Kew.

Minister Bellingham spoke of the donation as a sign of his wish to establish a new strategic relationship with Angola - the seeds symbolised the beginning of that relationship, from which he hoped much would grow. 

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1 comment on 'Millennium Seed Bank seeds for Angola'

Harvey Pincis says

11/04/2011 3:11:10 PM | Report abuse

This what Kew is all about! Very symbolic, also very useful and something that maybe governments should have been doing for some time in that very troubled continent. I hope it is a new beginning and fruitful for all of us. GM corporations.. eat your heart out!

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