Svalbard Global Seed Vault
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault wants to safeguard the world's food supply against war, climate change, or natural disaster.
It flooded earlier this year and now it’s getting waterproofed.
Hidden inside an Arctic mountain, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault stores millions of plant samples. But after unexpected flooding last year, efforts to protect the food store have been stepped up.
Svalbard acts as a fail-safe freezer built within the permafrost to withstand time as well as natural and man-made disasters.
Take a tour of the 'Noah's Ark' of agricultural diversity, designed to safely store over 4.5 million crop samples.
After the war broke out in Syria in 2011, a vital seed bank sent its collection to be stored deep inside an Arctic mountain vault. But now it wants its seeds back.
A center in Aleppo has become unable to grow and dispatch seeds because of the conflict.
Before they head to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Kaitlyn Schwalje gives tiny seeds their macro moments.
In the snowy Arctic tundra sits an imposing edifice that food scientists hope could protect the future for food security. Could a seed vault in Norway really save us from climate-change-induced famine?