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Research Project: Efficient and Effective Preservation and Management of Plant and Microbial Genetic Resource Collections

Location: Agricultural Genetic Resources Preservation Research

Title: Safeguarding and using fruit and vegetable biodiversity

item VON ZONNEVELD, M - World Vegetable Center
item Volk, Gayle
item DULLOO, M - Bioversity International
item KINDT, R - World Agroforestry Center
item MAYES, S - Crops For The Future
item QUINTERO, M - International Center For Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
item CHOUDHURY, D - International Centre For Integrated Mountain Development
item ACHIGAN-DAKO, E - Universite` D` Abomey-Calavi
item GUARINO, L - The Crop Trust

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/17/2022
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary: This open access book chapter will be published in a book titled "Science and Innovations for Food Systems Transformation" which provides works of the scientific group of the 2021 United Nations Food Systems Summit. This chapter is based on a published brief by the same authors titled "Safeguarding and using Fruit and Vegetable Biodiversity" released in April 2021 (

Technical Abstract: Fruit and vegetable species and varieties, their wild relatives, and pollinators and other associated organisms underpin diverse food production systems and contribute to worldwide health and nutrition. This biodiversity, however, is threatened, remains poorly conserved, and is largely undocumented. Its loss leads to a narrowing of new crop options, reduced variation for breeding, and yield gaps due to pollinator decline. This constrains the supply of climate-resilient and nutritious foods to the global human population and limits long-term progress towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and any future goals set thereafter. It will require that awareness be raised globally to safeguard and sustainably use fruit and vegetable biodiversity and that a global rescue plan for reducing and reversing the decline in this biodiversity be devised. Success will depend on a global partnership of custodians and users of fruit and vegetable biodiversity and requires an investment of at least 250 million USD over 10 years.