Bioversity International: research for development in agricultural and tree biodiversity

East and Southern Africa

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.

Bioversity International is working with partners in East and Southern Africa where agricultural biodiversity can contribute to improved nutrition, resilience, productivity and climate change adaptation.

Where we are working
Burundi,  Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi,  Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia

Meet the team

News from the East and Southern Africa region:

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.

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

23 Mar 2017

Food and nutrition are moving to the city

Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Bioversity International, welcomes the 2017 Global Food Policy Report, published today by the International Food Policy Research Institute, and draws attention to the shift in the burden of malnutrition from rural areas to cities. 

15 Mar 2017

Banking on diversity and knowledge-sharing – the story of one of Uganda’s best farmers

One of the winners of Uganda’s National Best Farmers competition, Joy Mugisha is not only an invaluable source of agrobiodiversity knowledge for her community but a key research partner for Bioversity International and NARO.

15 Mar 2017

Working with farmers to fight crop disease

Livelihoods in East and Central Africa are seriously threatened by Banana Xanthomonas Wilt, a devastating disease causing up to 100% yield loss and severely damaging the livelihoods and food security of banana farming households across the region. In Uganda, with the help of the McKnight ... read more

09 Dec 2016

Boosting the conservation of crop wild relatives in Southern Africa

Bioversity International’s South African Development Community Crop Wild Relatives Project is drawing to a close with a final dissemination meeting that took place in Pretoria, South Africa, on 23–24 November 2016.

15 Nov 2016

Uganda President Museveni officiates at Bioversity International Banana Farmers Day

Banana is a very important source of food and income in Uganda. Bioversity International and NARO organized the first Banana Farmers’ Day, which was attended by President Museveni, to celebrate the successes in managing a deadly banana disease.

13 Oct 2016

Women of the Kizibi community seedbank

Every year on October 15th, the UN celebrates International Day of Rural Women to honour and recognize the importance of rural women in enhancing agricultural rural development worldwide. The following story highlights the role of women in community seedbanks in Uganda.

07 Sep 2016

Improving Vihiga County communities' livelihoods through kitchen gardens and poultry keeping

Julia Boedecker, Associate Scientist, Bioversity International, reports from Vihiga County, Kenya, about research aimed at empowering communities to better use available crop diversity to improve nutrition all year round. In her third blog, the people of Vihiga County themselves describe ... read more

02 Sep 2016

Bioversity International video selected by international science film festival

The short film features communities living in the Barotse Floodplain, Zambia, who are participating in a project coordinated by Bioversity International to improve nutrition using diverse and locally available foods.

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