Phase II, sponsored by Corteva Agriscience, the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont will send photographers to Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas to highlight the distinct roles that food crops play in people’s lives. Featuring ten different crops, including apples, beans, carrots, chili peppers, quinoa and more, #CropsInColor will explore the connection between people and their plates in 13 countries.
“The diversity of our food crops is central to our lives and helps define cuisines, cultures, landscapes and more,” said Marie Haga, Executive Director of the Crop Trust.
“Few people realize that it also underpins food security by providing the building blocks for agriculture to adapt to the never-ending challenge of sustainably feeding our growing planet. Phase I of Crops In Color proved to be a highly successful and innovative communications effort, which informed audiences around the globe, and we are delighted to have the support of Corteva Agriscience to continue this effort with a second phase.”
#CropsInColor celebrates both the critical importance of crop diversity and its beauty and cultural relevance across different landscapes. With compelling images, unique narratives and video-interviews, the campaign showcases the wonders of crop diversity and what it means to different communities around the world.
To most people, a bag of rice is just a bag of rice. But it is also so much more. In fact, there are thousands of varieties of rice in the world – each variety containing valuable traits, which could help strengthen the basis of our food system. Some of these varieties also hold special value to the farmers which cultivate them and to the people who consume them globally.
This is true of every crop that exists in the world. There are almost 1,000 varieties of banana; more than 4,000 varieties of potatoes; no less than 7,000 different types of tomatoes; and an estimated 40,000 varieties of bean – each with their own unique characteristics.