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About us

Crop Innovations is a registered charitable incorporated organisation based in the UK (charity no. 1172669). The organisation aims to improve food security, along with nutrition and economic outlook by developing tools and techniques to support better use and conservation of our genetic resources. Using a wider variety of crop species and varieties, that are able to grow in different climates or on marginal lands, creates more robust yields and farming communities better able to cope with climate change. Our organisation is governed by a Board of Trustees and is run by a management team who coordinate research and publicity projects, collaborations and funding applications.

Our work

Our work

Crop Innovations provides support to farmers, governments and organisations working at grass-roots levels to promote sustainable agriculture and conservation. We conduct demand-driven research and adapt scientific technology that supports a value chain for diverse crops and ensures the benefits of these crops are shared appropriately with all stakeholders. Our work particularly seeks to capture the full value of currently under-utilised crops and varieties through characterising their genetic diversity and helping to ensure indigenous knowledge is rewarded. Our support comes in a number of different ways.

Adapting technology - Crop Innovations partners agricultural development organisations to identify ways of maximising benefit from currently un-commercialised crops and varieties. Scientific innovations can help to improve a value chain right the way along its length - from cultivation to consumption. We adapt scientific technology and methods to create devices and protocols that help farmers increase their yield and income and help to ensure a safe, secure and nutritious food supply for all.

Research - Crop Innovations provides vital research capabilities and expertise to increase the value of a diverse range of crops. Our methods include molecular diagnostics, genetic analysis and physiological experiments. These scientific techniques are frequently not accessible to rural communities. Our organisation will coordinate activities to resolve the problem and work to provide solutions that will enhance utilisation of the crop. This will be achieved by building networks of researchers and managing collaborations. Our staff can work directly on the species of interest, or research can, initially, be conducted in model systems and knowledge transferred to the crop. The results of our research enable better use of the plant, and increase the value of the crop.

Sourcing funds - Crop Innovations helps to identify potential sources of funding for a project. We will assist with writing applications for grants as well as liase with potential donors to secure necessary funds.

Raising awareness - Crop Innovations talks to policy-makers, academics, donors, growers, and consumers to raise awareness of the need for agricultural diversity. We emphasise the advantages of diversifying our food sources for both health and sustainability. We also explore mechanisms by which benefits-sharing initiatives (e.g. the Nagoya protocol) can be implemented and optimised.

Information networks - Crop Innovations manages a network of experts and supporters who can collaborate on research projects or provide independent advice to stakeholders.