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To feed nine billion people by 2050, food availability needs to expand another 60% globally and up to 100% in developing countries. Continued investments in research on staple grains are essential as these crops will continue to provide a large share of global calories, but complementary approaches are needed to meet new global challenges:

  • Reduce global malnutrition
  • Adapt to climate change
  • Increase productivity and reduce risk
  • Address shrinking food diversity

Using and safeguarding agricultural and tree biodiversity can help meet these challenges.

Farm households and rural communities have long since used agricultural and tree biodiversity to diversify their diets, and to manage pests, diseases and weather-related stress. In the past however, policymakers and researchers considered these approaches economically uncompetitive.

More recently, scientific evidence has demonstrated that agricultural and tree biodiversity, used in combination with novel technologies and approaches, has much to offer in addressing these challenges.  It is also being increasingly recognized as a tool to achieve the global sustainable development goals.

Bioversity International Initiatives

Partners

We work with partners in low-income countries in different regions where agricultural and tree biodiversity can contribute to improved nutrition, resilience, productivity and climate change adaptation.

We are also a member of the CGIAR Consortium, a global partnership for a food-secure future. 

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Deputy Director General - Research
Stephan Weise

Who we are

Bioversity International's vision is that agricultural biodiversity nourishes people and sustains the planet.

Our mission is to deliver scientific evidence, management practices and policy options to use and safeguard agricultural and tree biodiversity to attain sustainable global food and nutrition security.

Our research portfolio

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Colourful display of fruits on sale at traditional market in Indonesia. Credit: Bioversity International/F. De La Cruz

Agricultural biodiversity matters

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News:

Disrupting agricultural and tree biodiversity science – a review of Bioversity International’s 2017

On the International Day of Biological Diversity, which in 2018 marks 25 years of action for biodiversity, our Director General, Ann Tutwiler is proud...

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Rice varieties from the plains of the Terai regions in Nepal. Credit: Bioversity International/B. Sthapit

Testing farmers evolutionary plant breeding strategies for coping with climate change

Bioversity International and IFAD are pleased to announce an IFAD grant of $3.5 million and national co-funding of $2.1 million, on the use of genetic...

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Richard Scobey, President, World Cocoa Foundation. Credit: WCF

A toast to cocoa diversity

In celebration of the International Day of Biological Diversity, we invited Richard Scobey, President of the World Cocoa Foundation, a Bioversity...

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Fonio (above) and Bambara groundnut harvested in Mali. Credit: Bioversity International/G.Meldrum

Shaking up markets and narratives for increased consumption of nutritious fonio and Bambara groundnut

Effective value chains can increase the presence of a crop in markets and enable farmers to earn reliable incomes, which encourages continued...

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Latest publications:

Bioversity International financial statements 2017

for the year ended 31 December, 2017 auditor’s report

Publication Year:
2018
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¿Como establecer y manejar un banco comunitario de semillas? Manual del productor agricola
El establecimiento de un banco comunitario de semillas: Cuaderno 1 de 3

This handbook is a companion to Community seed banks: concept and practice: facilitator handbook by Ronnie Vernooy, Bhuwon Sthapit, and Guy Bessette...

Authors:
Vernooy, R.; Bessette, G.; Sthapit, S.; Dibiloane, A.; Lettie Maluleke, N.; Abner Matelele, L.; Mokoena, M.; Phora, G.; Sema, P.; Thabo, T.
Publication Year:
2018
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¿Como establecer y manejar un banco comunitario de semillas? Manual del productor agricola
Aspectos técnicos: Cuaderno 2 de 3

This handbook is a companion to Community seed banks: concept and practice: facilitator handbook by Ronnie Vernooy, Bhuwon Sthapit, and Guy Bessette...

Authors:
Vernooy, R.; Bessette, G.; Sthapit, S.
Publication Year:
2018
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