News story, 26.02.2009

Published during: Stoltenberg's 2nd Government

Publisher: Ministry of Agriculture and Food

Status: Archived

Svalbard Global Seed Vault: A global insurance policy

 

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Svalbard Global Seed Vault: A global insurance policy

Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Lars Peder Brekk, the Norwegian Minister of Agriculture and Food held the opening speech at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault First Anniversary Seminar in Longyearbyen today. He emphasized that climate change will affect agriculture, and how the world can use plant genetic resources to be prepared. 

- Right now, our world faces an unprecedented challenge - a challenge that threatens the quality of life on every continent. I am talking about climate change.  - As science tries to keep up with the looming threats of changing climates and weather patterns, increasing temperatures and melting ice caps, we here in Svalbard are well aware that the most important use of crop diversity in the coming decades will be helping agriculture adapt to these changes, says Lars Peder Brekk.

Svalbard Global Seed Vault: - We need to increase the focus on plant breeding activities in developing countries with a special attention on the interest of poor farmers, says Lars Peder Brekk, The Norwegian Minister of Agriculture and Food.Photo: J. Cendon/FAO
Svalbard Global Seed Vault: - We need to increase the focus on plant breeding activities in developing countries with a special attention on the interest of poor farmers, says Lars Peder Brekk, The Norwegian Minister of Agriculture and Food.Photo: J. Cendon/FAO 

Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Lars Peder Brekk, the Norwegian Minister of Agriculture and Food held the opening speech at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault First Anniversary Seminar in Longyearbyen today.