Seed security for food security

By Busani Bafana for GCRF-AFRICAP The SADC Plant Genetic Resources Centre (SPGRC) in Lusaka, Zambia is a regional gene bank, keeping in trust, more than 18 000 seeds of various food crops found and eaten in Southern Africa. A gene bank is a secure dedicated depository for seed collections stored for posterity and research. The Food, …

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Breeding for food and nutrition resilience

By Mantoe Phakathi for GCRF-AFRICAP Crop breeders should make use of climate information to develop seed varieties that will adapt to future environmental conditions in Southern Africa, researchers urge. Research projections show that, three decades from now, the Southern Africa region will be warmer than before and farmers will not be able to get any …

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Crop breeding for climate resilience in southern Africa: Webinar recap, recording and slides

Seed systems play a vital role in achieving food security in southern Africa. Thus, targeting resilience to climate change within them is key to preparing for future climate scenarios. Held on 27 January 2021, the GCRF-AFRICAP programme’s first research seminar of the year explored this topic in depth, presenting an analysis of recent AFRICAP work …

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