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Bioversity International coordinates the coconut genetic resources network (COGENT), which aims to improve the conservation of this other commodity crop  which is important for the livelihoods of people living in rural poverty.

The network includes 39 member countries (representing more than 98% of the global production) that works not only to conserve coconut diversity but also to make it available for use by scientists and breeders, facilitating the development of improved varieties that are resistant to pests and diseases, and can grow in changing local conditions.

We also work to ensure the safe movement of coconut germplasm around the world to where it is needed.


Current work:

Developing technical guidelines and protocols for the safe movement and duplication of coconut germplasm held in genebanks around the world and supporting countries to adopt and implement them.

Developing a global strategy for the conservation and use of coconut genetic resources through the COGENT network which will be published soon.

Saving the world's coconuts - The Atlantic and BBC World News report

While demand for coconuts and coconut products stays high, its long-term outlook is quite bleak despite researchers' efforts in safeguarding this unique fruit. The Atlantic and BBC World News interviewed Bioversity International and COGENT's specialists to learn more.


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