Bioversity International: research for development in agricultural and tree biodiversity

Central and South Asia

Bioversity International's mission is to deliver scientific evidence, management practices and policy options to use and safeguard agricultural and tree biodiversity to sustainable food and nutrition security.

The Central and south Asia region is characterized by diverse ecosystems and landscapes: highlands, semi-arid tropics and humid coastal plains with climates varying from temperate to tropical. The region is the centre of diversity of many important species of crops (rice, nuts, fruits), with most of its resource-poor smallholder farmers dependent on this agricultural and forest biodiversity for food security and livelihoods. 

Bioversity International is working with partners in the Central and south Asia where agricultural biodiversity can contribute to improved nutrition, resilience, productivity and climate change adaptation.

Where we are working:
Bangladesh, India, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan

Meet the team

News from Central and South Asia

03 Feb 2017

Can local participation in community forestry foster social inclusiveness and gender equity?

Community forestry approaches that aim to form a partnership between governments and communities have gained popularity around the world. These approaches promise to enhance sustainable forest management, conservation efforts and local livelihoods.

12 Nov 2016

Delhi Declaration on Agrobiodiversity Management adopted

The 1st International Agrobiodiversity Congress that was held in New Delhi, India, from 6 to 9 November 2016 concluded with the adoption of the Delhi Declaration on Agrobiodiversity Management, which seeks to develop a network of partnerships to strengthen the agrobiodiversity management ... read more

05 Nov 2016

First-ever International Agrobiodiversity Congress to be held in New Delhi, India

The International Agrobiodiversity Congress will gather 900 delegates from 60 countries in New Delhi, India, from 6-9 November, 2016. This international Congress will initiate and encourage a dialogue among relevant stakeholders – including farmers – to better understand everyone’s role in ... read more

11 Oct 2016

Why a gender approach is important for conservation: a case study in Sarawak, Malaysia

Every year on October 15th, the UN celebrates International Day of Rural Women to honor and recognize the importance of rural women in enhancing agricultural rural development worldwide. The following story highlights the importance of integrating female and male knowledge in the ... read more

19 Jul 2016

Krishi Pandita agriculturalist award granted to custodian farmer in India

A close associate of the Tropical Fruit Tree Project, Prasad Rama Hegde, recently received the prestigious Krishi Pandita award for his work on agricultural biodiversity.

13 Jul 2016

Making millets matter in Madhya Pradesh

A decline in minor millet cultivation rings true across much of India. Yet a country wide revival of this cereal crop is in motion. Farmers are once again recognizing and asserting the value of minor millets, a cereal crop that was once central to their culture. 

11 Jul 2016

Fruits of labour: One year after establishing genetic garden in Bengaluru, India

A year after Bioversity International opened a genetic garden in Bengaluru, India, scientist Shankar Dandin reports on the impact of underutilized fruit crops in the region.

04 Jul 2016

Food Fair: An Initiative For Promotion Of Traditional Food Products

Nepal's Food Fair 2016, the first of its kind, showcased recipes made from locally grown crops and explored the potential these crops have for consumers.

13 Jun 2016

Saving the Pacific’s coconuts

Government representatives from Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Samoa are meeting this week to launch a mission, coordinated by Bioversity International and COGENT, to protect Pacific coconut diversity from climate change and other threats.

06 Jun 2016

Farmers get to work to establish vital community seedbanks in Nepal

After two earthquakes devastated parts of Nepal one year ago, Devendra Gauchan, National Project Manager and Bhuwon Sthapit, Senior Scientist, Bioversity International, send their fourth report on a training programme to establish much-needed community seedbanks in the Himalayan region.

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