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July 12th, 2018 / Mongabay

Stashed away in earthquake proof and environment-controlled vaults in south India are stockpiles of seeds of crops important to semi-arid tropics covering Asia, much of southern and eastern Africa, and Latin America. This fortified archive at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) headquarters at Patancheru near Hyderabad is home to one of the largest plant genebanks in the world – a collection of raw genetic material needed to breed diverse crops to ensure food security as environmental degradation, climate change and desertification threaten food production. Read more.