Albanian agrobiodiversity is experiencing genetic erosion in recent decades due to various anthropogenic pressures.
SHBO has just established the Community Seed Bank-Korca to avoid the risk of extinction, encouraging in situ cultivation and in cooperation with the National Genetic Bank to save ex situ seeds of farmer varieties in the area.
It is scientifically recognized that farmer cultivars are of particular importance in relation to adaptation to climate change.
HEIDEHOF FOUNDATION has supported OAA projects during 2020-2021:
- Collection, conservation and evaluation of Albanian traditional varieties and wild relatives of vegetable crops in adapting agriculture to climate changes
- Comunity Seed Bank in Korca (CSBK) revitalizes agrobiodiversity in Albania.
Ex situ seeds at CSB-Korca