This year, the Worldwatch Institute highlights 15 agricultural innovations
that are already working on the ground to address some of those problems.
The15 innovations are used by farmers, scientists, activists, politicians, and businesses and promote a healthier environment and a more food-secure future.
One of the issues is: Safeguarding Local Food Biodiversity
. According to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, a quarter of the worldâ€™s known plant speciesâ€”some 60,000 to 100,000 speciesâ€”are threatened with extinction, while soy, wheat, and maize become more and more prevalent in peopleâ€™s everyday diets. In Norway, the
Svalbard Global Seed Vault , where NordGen has the operational responsibility, protects thousands of seed varieties that farmers in developing countries can use to help re-harvest crops that have been affected by disease, climate,or conflict.
Read the whole list of
15 innovations from World Watch Institute!
Entrance of Svalbard Global Seed Vault
photo: Simon Jeppson