Farmers are among the first to feel the effects of climate change. For many in developing countries, the crops they relied on year after year no longer grow in abundance. As a result, farmers are not only looking for new crops to grow, but some old ones as well.
Climate change and food security are tightly linked. Rising global temperatures have brought frequent droughts in some regions or more floods in others. And there may be threats from new pests or plant diseases.
In response, farmers can attempt to grow crops that have been successful in other regions or countries, or they can look to their past.
The Global Crop Diversity Trust, in a sense, is a repository of the past. It collects, preserves and maintains the raw genetic material used in agriculture. Assistant Executive Director Paula Bramel says the trust is the only global organization dedicated to doing that.
全球作物多样化信托基金在一定意义上就是过去作物的储藏室，这里收集、保存并维护农业中使用的原始基因原料。助理执行主任 Paula Bramel说，该信托基金是唯一一个这样的全球组织。
“The environment is changing to the point where farmers can no longer maintain the seeds of the varieties that they always used. And that’s really a loss to everybody because that variety may have a trait that was really critical in the future. And if it’s not collected and saved it won’t be available. [In] a lot of Africa you see this happening.”
1.in abundance 大量的；丰富的；充足的
At the feast there was food and drink in abundance.
2.drought n. 干旱；缺乏
The crops died during the drought.
3.repository n. 贮藏室，仓库；知识库；智囊团
A church in Moscow became a repository for police files.
4.varieties n. 品种；种类（variety的复数）；变种
In ten days we collected over 100 varieties.