Cousin Project has started!

On January 1 2024 began Cousin, the project on the use and conservation of Crop Wild Relatives (CWRs) for sustainable agriculture,  funded by Horizon Europe and coordinated by Universidad Rey Juan Carlos of Madrid.

CWRs, a promise for the future

Crop Wild Relatives (CWRs) are often seen as the COUSINs of domesticated crops given their close kinship and their role as important sources of natural genetic variation. In this sense they represent a valuable resource for the urgently required agroecological transition. Such a transition results in more diverse, sustainable and nutritious food, in line with the EU Green Deal policy and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, CWRs can be important allies. In fact, currently 75% of the world’s food is generated from only twelve plant species and since the 1900s, some 75% of plant genetic diversity has been lost as farmers worldwide have left their diverse set of local varieties and landraces for genetically uniform, high-yielding varieties. From this perspective, Crop Cousins are a promise for the future.

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