Symposium on crop diversity and climate change - West Sussex

Summary information

One-day symposium organised jointly by the Global Crop Diversity Trust (‘Crop Trust’) and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (‘RBG Kew’), will bring together experts from around the UK to discuss the role of crop diversity and Crop Wild Relatives (CWR), in building more sustainable and resilient agriculture and food systems.

The objective of this symposium is to inform policy and decision makers about the critical importance of CWR in climate change adaptation, and the ongoing work of the Crop Trust and RBG Kew in this field.

Topics to be discussed:

  • How crop diversity, including CWR, contributes to the continued, sustainable development of agriculture and its adaptation to a changing climate.
  • The social and economic benefits of the use of CWR in crop improvement, and the need to conserve them and unlock their potential value through research.
  • The role of the Crop Trust as an essential element of the funding strategy of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
  • The role of the RBG Kew in conserving plant diversity required for a resilient food system.


Held at: Millennium Seed Bank, Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, West Sussex, RH17 6TN.

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Dates and Times
Monday, 23 November, 2015
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9.30am to 4.30pm
Venue information
Millennium Seed Bank, Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, West Sussex, RH17 6TN.

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