19 Jul 2013
Beyond the Gardens film - the Crop Wild Relatives project
This video discusses why wild crop relatives are so important for our future food security, and how Kew and the Millennium Seed Bank are helping to safeguard them.
What is food security?
The scale of global food security ranges from complete food security at one end, through various stages of hunger, malnutrition and famine at the other extreme.
The achievement of global food security depends on the production of enough food for all, alongside the adequate distribution of food around the world. Food security is a pressing issue in developing nations, but with a global population of over seven billion, it is an issue that affects us all.
Protecting the world's food supply at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank
Kew's Millennium Seed Bank is involved in the Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change Project which aims to gather, save and use the wild plant relatives of essential food crops, such as wheat, rice, maize, beans, potato, barley, chickpeas and lentils.
The wild relatives of popular crops are valuable because they contain a diverse collection of useful traits which can be bred into the crops we grow for food, making them more hardy and versatile in the face of new threats.
Kew's work offers a concrete step towards strengthening global food security for our future. Support Kew's work today and help us reduce the threats facing the world's food supply.
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