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Crop Diversity

Partnering to Empower Poor Farming Families and Ensure Global Food Security

Impatient Optimists | Posted 04.23.2013 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

There is an African proverb that captures the importance of partnerships in the work we do at the Gates Foundation: "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others."

Feeding an Ever-growing Population

Cary Fowler | Posted 02.01.2012 | Impact
Cary Fowler

Mankind reached its first billion just as the 19th century got underway. That feat of fecundity required eons. It took us just 12 years, however, to tack on the last billion. We're definitely on a roll.

Avoiding a Global Food Fight

Cary Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Cary Fowler

There is a high correlation between temperature variation and the number of wars. The failure to take easy steps to adapt agriculture to climate change is a failure to react to an avoidable threat.

The Second Siege: Saving Seeds Revisited

Cary Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Cary Fowler

Never before in history will so much crop diversity be lost intentionally and avoidably as the day the bull-dozers roar into Pavlovsk Station.

Tweet Medvedev: Stop the Destruction of the Future of Food!

Cary Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Cary Fowler

Outside of St. Petersburg, the Pavlovsk Station houses a huge collection of diverse apples, strawberries, and many more -- more than 5,000 varieties in all. Today, the Pavlovsk station is facing bulldozers.

Plants Do It Too: The Importance of Plant Breeding

Cary Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Cary Fowler

When people shop at the local market and bring home different varieties of apples and peaches and tomatoes, they don't spend too much time thinking about the sex that lay behind those fruits or the development of the different varieties.

Of Pandas and Peas: Saving the Diversity Within Species

Cary Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cary Fowler

When we think about biodiversity, we rarely think about food. But the diversity within crops is notable agronomically and culturally. And like other biodiversity, it's endangered.

Will the Copenhagen Climate Talks Connect Two 150-Year-Old Dots?

Cary Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Cary Fowler

Edwin Drake drilled the first commercial oil well in 1859. The Age of Oil was born. The same year, the science of global warming was born.

Responding to Famine in the Horn of Africa: Learn from Past Mistakes

Gary Paul Nabhan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gary Paul Nabhan

The sad truth is that famines are shaped less by drought and more by inequitable political and economic access to seed diversity, technical assistance, and temporary food relief.