[ASC-media] Tim Fischer joins international conservation group

Cathy Reade creade at squirrel.com.au
Sat Jan 28 23:48:41 CET 2012


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GLOBAL CROP DIVERSITY TRUST

29 January 2012

For more information, please contact: 
Cathy Reade at  <mailto:creade at squirrel.com.au> cathy.reade at crawfordfund.org
0413 575 934

NB: Mr Fischer will be presenting a National Press Club address in Canberra
on Wednesday, 1 February

 

Former Australian Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer Joins Group Tasked with
Preserving World's Crop Diversity

Fischer Brings Decades of Experience in Agriculture, Food Security, and
International Relations to Executive Board of the Global Crop Diversity
Trust


ROME (29 JANUARY 2012) - The Global Crop Diversity Trust announced today the
appointment of The Honourable Tim Fischer, Australia's former Deputy Prime
Minister, to its Executive Board. Tim Fischer, who becomes a Board member on
1 January 2013, joins  <http://www.croptrust.org/main/board.php?itemid=70> a
distinguished Executive Board  in furthering the Trust's mission to protect
the world's food crop varieties.  

 

As the second Australian to be elected to the Board, the move highlights the
importance of global crop diversity for Australia.  Australian farmers have
suffered the effects of extreme weather in recent years and are particularly
aware of the importance of having crops that can withstand rapidly changing
conditions. 

 

Last year, Australia sent its first shipment to the
<http://www.croptrust.org/main/arcticseedvault.php?itemid=211> Svalbard
Global Seed Vault. The Vault is an underground seed bank in the Arctic that
secures duplicates of the world's most important crops in case natural
disasters, civil strife, extreme weather and other threats that could
destroy a unique variety.  The Vault's operations are funded by the Trust,
which also supports developing countries to send seeds to the high profile
facility.   

 

"To step up to the Board of the Global Crop Diversity Trust is a great
privilege, as food security is a particular priority that reflects my
lifelong policy interests," Fischer said. "Worldwide, preserving the
original genetic material in our food crops matters a great deal. It goes to
the core of the future of agriculture and preventing famine."

Tim Fischer, who hopes to visit Svalbard during his Board tenure, brings to
the Trust a wide array of experience in agriculture, trade, transportation
and international relations. He served for several years as the Chairman of
the  <http://www.crawfordfund.org/> Crawford Fund, an organisation promoting
international agricultural research, and helped host key conferences in
Australia to provide outreach and raise awareness on agricultural topics. He
also is a trusted figure in international diplomacy, having served as the
leader of the official Australian Delegation that oversaw voting in East
Timor in 1999 and as Chairman of the Australia Thailand Institute. Most
recently he was Australia's Ambassador to the Holy See. 

 

"Tim Fischer has been deeply involved in both the worlds of agriculture and
international relations, and brings drive and energy with his experience.
He will be a huge asset for our organization," said Cary Fowler, Executive
Director of the Trust. "The conservation of crop diversity depends on
persuading governments and others to mobilize funds today for benefits
tomorrow.  I know that Tim understands the issue and the challenge, and will
be a hugely persuasive Board member."

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Global Crop Diversity Trust (www.croptrust.org) 

The mission of the Trust is to ensure the conservation and availability of
crop diversity for food  security worldwide. Although crop diversity is
fundamental to fighting hunger and to the very future of agriculture,
funding is unreliable and diversity is being lost. The Trust is the only
organization working worldwide to solve this problem. The Trust is providing
support for the ongoing operations of the seed vault, as well as organizing
and funding the preparation and shipment of seeds from developing countries
to the facility.   



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