Funding boost for world's seed banks

Funding boost for world's seed banks

Funding boost for world's seed banks

Updated 1 February 2013, 13:03 AEST

Seed banks around the world store important crop seeds that may be retrieved in the event of a famine or crop wipeout.

It's a vital service that ensures food supply should an environmentally catastrophic event happen.

 
The challenge has been to secure funding to run the 11 crop bank centres that are based in countries from the Philippines to Norway.
 
But some good news has emerged with a pledge of US$109 million from various donors.
 
Still, Charlotte Lusty, scientist at the Global Crop Fund, says more money is needed to secure the world's food crops.
 
 
Presenter: Phil Kafcaloudes
Speaker: Charlotte Lusty, scientist at the Global Crop Fund.

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Phil Kafcaloudes

Phil Kafcaloudes

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Host of Radio Australia's daily morning talk program.  In his nearly 30 years in the media industry, Phil has been a radio presenter, TV reporter and the ABC's journalism trainer.  

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