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Seed bank to conserve world's threatened food crops

Seed bank to conserve world's threatened food crops

Updated 18 June 2013, 17:03 AEST

Faced with the impact of climate change, the world's food supply is at risk - not least in Asia.

The key to protecting that food supply is diversity, and that's where the Global Crop Diversity Trust comes in.

It's building up a bank of seeds from around the world to ensure crop survival, and to allow to scientists and growers to develop strains that are resistant to changing climatic conditions.

The trust's new executive director is the former Norwegian government minister, Marie Haga, who's in Australia this week on a mission to raise funds and awareness.

Central to this strategy in the Arctic circle's Svalbard is what's known as the Doomsday Seed Vault.

Ms Haga says it's the planet's final back-up.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Marie Haga, executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust

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