FAO Food & Agriculture Organization [to 29 August 2015]
Ancient crops preserved for future generations in Arctic seed vault
Potato varieties once thought lost to the Andean people who introduced them to the world will now be stored for perpetuity deep in the Arctic ice. The deposit is being made at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a back-up facility in the permafrost far north of the Arctic Circle that currently holds over 860,000 food crop seeds from all over the world.
Open-access database will help water-scarce countries get more crop per drop
A new open-access data portal to be developed by FAO will use satellite imagery to help water-scarce countries in the Near East and North Africa better manage this precious resource.