Reclaiming Vanishing Resources: Agrobiodiversity

Reclaiming Vanishing Resources: Agrobiodiversity

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by Lorna C. Malicsi,
2007 | Policy Brief Series Vol. 2007 No. 3 | 2 pages
  • Print 1656-8818
  • e-ISSN 2599-3917
English

Plant or perish. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), as cited by ehe World's  Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA), reports a substantial loss in diversity of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. In the same document, Germany is cited to have experienced a 75% loss in cultivated plants in agriculture and horticulture. The livestock world is no different. Says FAO, at present, livestock breeds currently face a worldwide 28% risk of extinction.

Genetic resources need not perish. Because the goal of agrobiodiversity is to provide a rich genetic pool from traditional/indigenous crops that have high resistance to diseases, high poor soil, and water tolerance, some current works are being done by various organizations.