This month's Geographical takes a look at different projects trying to secure the future of our food.
Humans are extremely reliant on just a small number of domesticated crops, with 80% of human calorie intake coming from just 12 plant species. What's more, we rely on three species – wheat, maize and rice – for 50% of our calories. This is a big problem, because the low genetic diversity of these crops leaves them, and us, vulnerable to new pests, diseases and environmental change – all of which are due to increase in frequency due to climate change.
Among other examples, Geographical explores the Crop Wild Relatives Project, a 10 year endeavour funded by the Norwegian government, that is bringing together seed banks, plant breeders and small-scale farmers in an attempt to collect, conserve and cross-breed the wild relatives of 29 globally important crops.
Other articles this month feature a look at how the small Greek island of Tilos is the first in the region to have achieved energy self-sufficiency with wholly renewable power sources, a spotlight on the medieval city of Ani in Eastern Turkey, a gallery of the some of the shortlisted images and winners of this year's Earth Photo competition and all the other latest geographical news.
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The Migrants on the margins team were at the Hargeisa International Book Fair last week to present their research to the local community.
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We are delighted that our Migrants on the margins educational resources have been shortlisted for a Teach Secondary Award for curriculum impact.
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