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Norway invests $23.7 million in crop diversity to help farmers face climate change

24/09/2013 - 

The government of Norway has pledged $23.7 million to conserve and sustainably manage the world's most important food crops’, citing the critical need for crop diversity at a time when populations are soaring and climate change is threatening staples like rice and maize.
The announcement of the new investment in crop diversity came at the opening of the Fifth session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

The meeting has drawn more than 450 participants from governments, science and civil society to Muscat, Oman, where they are discussing plans for sharing food crop varieties among farmers and plant breeders around the world and the Treaty activities over the next two years.