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Campaign seeks to raise funds for conservation in perpetuity of CATIE's Coffee Germplasm Bank

  • Crop Trust identified four germplasm banks that are essential for the long-term preservation of coffee genetic diversity

On November 8, as part of the SINTERCAFE event, a campaign was launched by The Global Crop Diversity Trust (Crop Trust), with the aim of raising funds to provide funding in perpetuity to conserve forever the genetic resources of coffee CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) and three other collections around the world. The activity took place at the Real Intercontinental Hotel, San José, Costa Rica.

This international non-profit organization works to preserve crop diversity in order to protect global food security, currently funding through donations to 11 seed banks in different parts of the world.

In 2017, Crop Trust and World Coffee Research developed the global strategy for the conservation of coffee genetic resources, identifying four germplasm banks that are essential for the long-term preservation of coffee diversity. These four banks are located in Costa Rica, Madagascar, Ethiopia and the Ivory Coast.

In 2006, CATIE signed the FAO International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA), making germplasm available for global distribution for diversification and improvement of the crops they conserve, including coffee.

Because of this, of the four banks, CATIE is the only one that meets the eligibility requirements because its collections are attached to the International Treaty, are shared internationally and its information is available online to users.

Our mission is to create an efficient and effective multilateral system for the conservation of genetic resources, so we need to create a fund that will allow us to safeguard CATIE's coffee collections forever," said Sebastian Winkler, director of The Global Crop Diversity Trust.

Due to this, the fundraising campaign was launched in which it seeks to obtain 25 million dollars to create a trust that will generate one million dollars a year to finance the four germplasm banks called Origin Collections.

“In our coffee collection we conserve hundreds of genetic samples from different parts of the world that constitute a true treasure for the field of research, preservation and improvement of crops," said William Solano, researcher in plant genetic resources at CATIE.

For donations you can visit the following link:

https://www.croptrust.org/take-action/

 

 

 

More information:

William Solano
Researcher, Plant Genetic Resources, CATIE
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Priscilla Brenes Angulo
Communication Assistant
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