More than Rice: An Inside Look at the Vietnam National Genebank
Rice seed at Vietnam National Genebank. Photo: Michael Major for Crop Trust
14 March 2023
Genebank experts supported by the Crop Trust’s BOLD (Biodiversity for Opportunities, Livelihoods and Development) Project recently visited the Vietnam National Genebank to evaluate its efforts to conserve crop diversity. Vietnam is one of 15 national genebanks that BOLD teams have reviewed. The staff of the genebank openly welcomed the reviewers, who were able to get an inside look at the journey of seeds and other plant material from field to fridge. Photographer Michael Major compiled this collection of photos to document the wide range of activities that the genebank conducts.
BOLD (Biodiversity for Opportunities, Livelihoods, and Development) is a major 10-year project to strengthen food and nutrition security worldwide by supporting the conservation and use of crop diversity. The project works with national genebanks, pre-breeding and seed system partners globally. Funded by the government of Norway, BOLD is led by the Crop Trust in partnership with the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and the International Plant Treaty.