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The Syrian Seed Bank that Keeps Operating through the War – March 5, 2018

Employees without the means to flee the crisis have preserved the occupied facility, at considerable risk to themselves

For more than four years, the headquarters of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) in the Syrian town of Tal Hadya has been occupied by the anti-Assad groups Al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham. ICARDA is one of 15 major international agricultural research centers, and the site of a seed bank housing some 150,000 samples in temperature-controlled vaults.

photo of Tal Hadya GenebankPhoto by ICARDA - Science for Better Livelihoods in Dry Areas While ancient archaeological sites are destroyed and Syrian people experience inconceivable loss, the Tal Hadya seed bank continues to operate, housing some 150,000 samples in temperature-controlled… more

by: Courtney Fullilove

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