Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has sounded the alarm — global climate change and other environmental stresses threaten traditional varieties of crops and other plant species around the world. This statement was made in the 10th anniversary of the conclusion of the International Treaty for the protection and exchange of plant genetic resources. Countries that have signed the agreement to establish a world gene pool of plants, which includes the 1.5 million copies of the genetic material of plants.
According to the head of FAO, Jacques Diouf, the gene pool is the basis for more than 80% of the world's food of plant origin and is probably the most important tool for adapting agriculture to climate change in the years ahead.
"Conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture are essential to the world produced enough food to feed a growing world population," — said Diouf. It welcomed the contribution of $ 6 million, which was received by the Trust Fund of the International Treaty for the protection and exchange of plant genetic resources. The funds will help farmers producing traditional varieties of crops to adapt to climate change. Because of drought, flood, insect infestation and other misfortunes associated with climate change, know no borders and affect all the agro-ecological zones, experts FAO.