Bioversity International: research for development in agricultural and tree biodiversity

South-east 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 Southeast Asia region here refers to the sub-region of Mekong River Basin plus Malay Archipelago and covers the major least developed countries in the world. The region is characterized by diverse ecosystems and landscapes: highlands and low humid tropics with climates varying from the temperate, the sub-tropical to the tropical.

The region is the centre of diversity of many important species of crops (rice, soybean, banana, coconut), animals and livestock 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 Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines and Vietnam where agricultural biodiversity can contribute to improved nutrition, resilience, productivity and climate change adaptation.

Where we are working

Cambodia, China, Laos, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam

Meet the team

News from the South-east Asia region

18 Apr 2017

Integrated systems research for sustainable smallholder agriculture

A new publication details achievements and lessons learned from the Central Mekong, offering insights and recommendations that could support integrated agricultural systems research both in the Mekong and elsewhere.

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. 

01 Dec 2016

Our mission is a no-brainer, says incoming Board Chair Julia Marton-Lefèvre

We stopped to chat with two special guests of the first International Agrobiodiversity Congress in Delhi – Julia Marton-Lefèvre and Cristián Samper – incoming and outgoing Chairs of the Bioversity International Board of Trustees.

13 Oct 2016

Tackling banana disease in the Philippines

Fusarium wilt management was a key topic at the Philippines Banana Congress held in Davao on 6-7 October 2016. Bioversity International’s Agustin Molina highlighted efforts to manage the disease through the use of resistant banana varieties.

10 Aug 2016

Bioversity International and Universiti Putra Malaysia renew unique bond

A Memorandum of Understanding signed between Bioversity International and Universiti Putra Malaysia celebrates the research partners’ 15-year relationship and shared commitment to protect Malaysia’s rich agricultural biodiversity.

15 Jun 2016

Learning from the Andeans and safeguarding crop diversity in mountain communities in China

International workshop brings authorities together to discuss how landscape approaches can be key for climate adaptation and poverty alleviation in China.

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.

14 Apr 2016

Joining the diversity club – how village health workers in Vietnam are putting nutrition back on the menu

In the fifth of her blog reports from Vietnam, Jessica Raneri, Nutrition Programme Specialist, explains how Diversity Clubs in the Mai Son district in Son La Province are getting equipped to lead the next step of the research. The goal? To add nutritious agricultural biodiversity to the ... read more

07 Apr 2016

Nepali farmers fight to save indigenous seeds

SciDev.Net interviews Bioversity International's Nepal-based Devendra Gauchan, agriculture economist and project manager, about the latest achievements from the ‘Integrating Traditional Crop Genetic Diversity for Mountain Food Security' project which takes great pride in close collaboration ... read more

21 Mar 2016

Making best use of Asia’s tree diversity

Working on landscape restoration, REDD+, tree improvement or conservation planning in Asia-Pacific? Take this survey and tell us what your training needs are to better manage and benefit from tree genetic resources at your organization and to influence the training programme of a Regional ... read more

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