Professor Winton Wu (Editor Chinese edition of MAG), Janice Spencer (Trustee of Milling 4 Life), Dr Hannes Dempewolf (Senior Scientist and Head of Global Initiatives at Crop Trust), Clifford Spencer (Goodwill Ambassador for NEPAD and Chairman of Milling4Life Charity), Darren Parris (Group President, Perendale Publishers), Rhiannon White (Managing Editor Miling and Grain), Koen De Marteau (Director of Human Resources and Corporate Operations at Crop Trust), Tuti Tan (Events Manager for Milling and Grain), Tom Blacker (International Sales Director for Milling and Grain), Roger Gilbert (Publisher of Milling and Grain and CEO Perendale Publishers) and Brian Lainoff Lead Partnership Coordinator for Crop Trust)
Inside the Crop Trust with Milling and Grain by Rhiannon White, Managing Editor, Milling and Grain magazine
The Crop Trust is responsible for the unprecedented mission of ensuring the long-term conservation and use of crop diversity for food security worldwide. Situated on the banks of the Rhine in Bonn, Germany, Milling and Grain visited their headquarters in June this year to learn more about their work and why crop diversity is crucial for our future.
he Crop Trust is responsible for the unprecedented mission of ensuring the long-term conservation and use of crop diversity for food security worldwide. Situated on the banks of the Rhine in Bonn, Germany, in June this year, Milling and Grain visited their headquarters to learn more about their work and why crop diversity is crucial for our future.
Introduction by Rhiannon White, Milling and Grain
With a global population estimated to reach 9.5 billion by 2050, food production will have to increase by 50 percent over the next 30 years if we are to feed the planet sustainably. Curling and creeping their way around the other corner are climate change and associated temperature increases, rising sea levels, stronger and more frequent droughts and floods, as well as pest and disease outbreaks.
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So why might crop diversity be one of our most precious collective possessions? The answer is simple. A fundamental way to produce more food that is more nutritious, using less land with less water and energy, is to improve plant productivity for both animal feed and human consumption. And one of the ways we will achieve this is if we have an efficient and accessible global conservation system of all crop varieties in existence. As Lead Partnerships Coordinator for the Crop Trust, Brian Lainoff voiced to us, “We don’t assert that crop diversity is the only answer but we cannot forget that everything we do starts with a seed. Crop diversity is the raw material of agriculture, it’s the building blocks, and it’s the foundation." A report by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change stated that a one degree increase in temperature could decrease agricultural output by two percent per decade. The wild relatives of our domesticated crops may hold the answers to climate change, be higher yielding, disease resistant, less environmentally