We are proud to announce the start of our project “Sustainable use and management of agrobiodiversity as a contribution to transformation to climate change resilient food systems and innovative development in rural regions”. The project will be supported by funding from the Innovation and Transformation Dialogue (ITD) of Germany’s Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and will address the impending loss of cultivated plant varieties in Germany and China.
The project supports recent efforts in both countries for the conservation and recultivation of old varieties and their potential to make food systems more climate-resilient while offering new economic opportunities for rural regions. It aims at building a bilateral dialogue platform for local innovative initiatives on sustainable use and management of agrobiodiversity for the exchange on best practices, innovative methods, and strategies. In moderated workshops a Sino-German expert team will develop a toolbox, mapping best cases in both countries and lessons learnt. The workshops will be accompanied by excursions to selected projects in Germany and China.
The project will officially start with an online kick-off workshop at the end of November and is scheduled to run through 2024. Project lead is DCZ expert Eva Sternfeld. Visit the Science & Technology Platform on our website for regular updates.