For more than 90 years, the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) has played a key role in supporting the development of improved crop varieties and transferring advances in plant science into practical agriculture.
Following food shortages during the First World War, NIAB was established as a charitable trust in 1919 under the motto ‘Better Seeds: Better Crops’. NIAB recognised the importance of seed quality and improved varieties in improving crop yields and safeguarding food supplies. The Institute went on to pioneer the development of many of the seed and variety evaluation processes which still provide the foundation for successful, sustainable crop production both in the UK and abroad.
Today, food security is again high on the agenda, fuelled by concerns over population growth and climate change. The UN predicts that we need to produce 50% more food by 2030 and once again, the world is turning to plant genetic resources for solutions.
The NIAB Trust works to promote agriculture, horticulture and arboriculture anywhere in the world by charitable means. With an expanding crop research programme and extensive experience in seed and variety evaluation, we are working hard to help address the urgent global need to produce more food with reduced impact on the environment.
Back in 1919, NIAB was established through the generous personal donations and bequests of Sir Robert McAlpine of the construction firm, Viscout Elveden of the Guinness family and Mr Fred Hiam, a local farming magnate.
The importance of donations and legacies in supporting our work continues today.
A recent legacy, kindly left by Mrs Mary Sophia Taylor, a widow of a farmer in Oxfordshire, has significantly contributed to our work at NIAB Innovation Farm. Mrs Taylor had a keen interest in crop breeding technology and her legacy has supported work in this area. Innovation Farm serves to demonstrate the importance of plant resources and crop genetic improvement in helping to address the global challenges of food security, climate change and resource conservation.
Making a donation or leaving a legacy, however large or small, will make a real difference to help strengthen NIAB’s scientific resources and support our vital work as an agricultural charity.
We are grateful for any amount you can give us.
If you would like to leave a legacy or a donation, please contact Teresa Stratton via email or call +44 (0)1223 342281.
You can also fill out your details on our legacy pledge form. Any information you give will, of course, be treated in complete confidence. Completing a legacy pledge form does not commit you in any legal sense to leaving a legacy to NIAB, and you can change your mind at any time. It is entirely up to you what information you choose to give us about the legacy you intend to make.
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