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Latest newsletter - October 2016

The special edition World Food Day newsletter highlights how both countries and farmers are responding to climate change by making more effective use of agricultural diversity in their farming systems.

Read the October newsletter here

News

19 Jan 2017

Passing of an agrobiodiversity champion: Dr George Wagdi Ayad

Dr George Wagdi Ayad, a beloved friend and colleague of Bioversity International and partners, passed away in Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt, where he had retired a few years ago. Dr Wagdi Ayad was the former Regional Director of Bioversity International's office for Central, West Asia and North ... read more

13 Jan 2017

Cryopreservation – Safeguarding crops for millennia

Cryopreservation consists of storing plant material in liquid nitrogen at -196 °C. A new video explains how Bioversity International is using cryopreservation to back up its banana diversity collection in Leuven, Belgium.

16 Dec 2016

It's time to politicize tree seed

In line with the CBD call for ‘reviewing, improving or establishing’ land tenure and spatial planning approaches in restoration, it is time to review, improve and establish tree seed systems, says Riina Jalonen as she concludes the Bioversity International CBD COP13 Forest and Landscape ... read more

DG Dialogues
07 Dec 2016

A measure of diversity from production to diets: The value of an Agrobiodiversity Index

Bioversity International's Director General, Ann Tutwiler, guest-blogs for the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) ... read more

02 Dec 2016

Bioversity International supports CBD's call for mainstreaming biodiversity for well-being

Bioversity International is gearing up to participate in the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13) ... read more

14 Oct 2016

The climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.

On World Food Day 2016, Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Bioversity International, lifts the lid on a Resource Box for Resilient Seed Systems, ... read more

Media coverage

07 Dec 2016

A measure of diversity from production to diets: The value of an Agrobiodiversity Index

Bioversity International's Director General, Ann Tutwiler, guest-blogs for the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) from the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP13) in Cancun, Mexico and explains the importance of mainstreaming agrobiodiversity in food systems and ... read more

24 Nov 2016

Saving the world's coconuts - The Atlantic and BBC World News report

While demand for coconuts and coconut products stays high, its long-term outlook is quite bleak despite researchers' efforts in safeguarding this unique fruit. The Atlantic and BBC World News interviewed Bioversity International and COGENT's specialists to learn more.

09 Nov 2016

Break down barriers between seed banks and field study

Food biodiversity needs both systems, just like pandas need zoos and bamboo forests, say Marie Haga, Executive Director of the Crop Trust and Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Bioversity International in a newly published op-ed for SciDev.Net

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