We look ahead

Our future livelihood will emanate from and be shaped by the work on the preservation and development of the entire crop diversity.

The Fund for crop development aims at contributing effectively to safeguarding and to the sustainable use of this biodiversity.

A sound and careful cultivation of crops, their sustainable use and targeted development, require a profound systemic understanding of their biological, social, ethical and cultural nexus. Initiative and financial means are also necessary to implement the findings.

The fund for crop development uses the allocated funds to support or realize projects in the following areas:

  • Basic research, plant breeding research;
  • Selection of crop varieties for an environmentally sustainable agriculture;
  • Preservation, further diversification and responsible use of the existing crop diversity;
  • Research on the quality of food and medicinal plants;
  • Education and training in the fields of plant breeding, organic farming and nutrition; and
  • Public relations