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Coping with Climate Change: The Importance of Genetic Resources for Food Security
The safeguarding and sustainable use of the genetic resources of plants, animals, forests, invertebrates and microorganisms are key to maintaining our ability to achieve food security through proper agriculture, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture practices. It is essential to link climate change adaptation and mitigation policies and programs to genetic resources objectives while simultaneously considering the need for food and nutrition security. Access to and development and use of a wide portfolio of genetic resources will serve as the essential insurance policy that enables responses to future changes in production conditions. In this way, genetic resources for food and agriculture will serve as the security net for our food.