FNC Visits the Global Seed Vault near the North Pole
In the frigid zone where an ample variety of seeds cultivated from all over the world is stored.
With the purpose of guaranteeing the survival of world coffee cultivation and contributing to the future of food security, associates of the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC in Spanish) accepted the invitation from Crop Trust to visit the Global Seed Vault, built near the North Pole.
The project, supervised by Marie Haga the Crop Trust Director, seeks to preserve the greatest number of seeds to be able to contribute to the future of global food security in the event of a catastrophe.
During the visit, the technical director of the FNC, Hernando Duque, and Juan Esteban Orduz, represented the organization in the United States and participated with samples of Arabica coffee, which form part of the International Coffee Collection that the National Coffee Research Center. (Cenicafé, Spanish abbreviation) maintains.
The vault was constructed on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard (980 kilometers from the North Pole) and provides favorable natural conditions of location to guarantee the preservation of the seeds in the case of a disaster.
For now, the creation of a document that establishes the terms of cooperation between the FNC and Crop Trust have begun, with ideas of contributing to the cultivation of coffee in the future.