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25 May 2017

Community seedbanks: securing diversity for climate change adaptation

Bioversity International’s policy scientist Ronnie Vernooy explains to Degrees of Latitude why community seedbanks are important for farming systems’ resilience, and how they can be supported.

23 May 2017

Going to the root of the problem with forest genetic resources training - Apply now

Teaching forestry at an Asian university or training institution? Apply now for the Second Regional Training on Forest Genetic Resources in China, 18-22 September, 2017.

18 May 2017

Participatory research is a serious game

On a warm afternoon in a small farming village in Honduras, half a dozen farmers sit with a visitor from an NGO they’ve worked with before. They’re there to discuss the farmers’ priorities to improve their main crop, beans. What do the farmers need most? What should the bean breeders focus ... read more

08 May 2017

How does gender influence banana disease management?

New research by Bioversity International is studying how women and men control and manage banana cropping systems in Burundi, and how this can influence the adoption of technologies that can help farmers manage a deadly banana disease.

05 May 2017

30 years of gender and forests

Currently, there is much interest in mainstreaming gender in natural resource management, including forestry. The new Earthscan Reader on Gender and Forests, co-edited by our gender specialist Marlène Elias provides a collection of key articles on gender and forests published over the last ... read more

13 Apr 2017

Small farms are essential for food security, study says

As the world moves towards large-scale plantation agriculture, it's crucial poor countries protect small farmers to meet the food needs of a growing global population, says the first The Lancet Planetary Health issue featuring Bioversity International's Jessica Fanzo and Roseline Remans.

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12 Apr 2017

Increasing access to quality and diverse seed: A journey to the Kiziba community seedbank

As the threat of climate change looms large over the agriculture sector and food security, many farmers in Uganda are beginning to appreciate the importance of seed diversity. Recently a team of farmers from Bunyoro region traveled to the Kiziba community seed bank to study how it operates ... read more

30 Mar 2017

Connecting landscapes with ecological corridors will benefit people, nature and business

To guarantee productive, profitable farms today and tomorrow, we need agrobiodiversity at the
ecosystem, agronomic and genomic level to work together, says M. Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Bioversity International, in World Business Council for Sustainable Development and Syngenta's ... read more

28 Mar 2017

Obstacles to gender-smart fertilizer use hurt livelihoods, scientists say

Compiling gender-inclusive data could help scientists understand how to help improve nitrogen fertilizer application practices among smallholder farmers, according to a new research paper.

21 Mar 2017

What can social scientists do to better influence policy? Let's start with these ten tips.

Today's complex problems pose significant challenges to those making policy decisions. The work of social scientists can be crucial to understanding the human and social consequences of such decisions, yet little guidance exists to help them bring their influence to bear. CSIRO's Nadine ... read more

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