Bioversity International has a special relationship with the Government of Italy, as host country to the organization’s headquarters. Italy provides generous financial support to Bioversity International’s agenda, both at an institutional as well as project level, also including the assignment of crucial human resource capacity in the form of talented Junior Professional Officers.
Our fruitful partnership with the Italian Development Cooperation expands to policy dialogue, knowledge exchange and joint delivery, and field cooperation across several priority areas, including sustainable rural development, resilient food systems and nutritional security, gender, and climate change adaptation.
Bioversity International’s campaign for Expo Milano 2015 was organized in close collaboration with the D.G. for Development Cooperation of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, particularly around three events:
In 2013, the D.G. for Development Cooperation of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation funded our research to enable effective in situ conservation and use strategies of targeted crop wild relatives. These plant varieties are increasingly threatened by changes in land use patterns. The aim of the project was to develop methodologies for prioritizing which species to conserve in situ, and to study how to conserve them successfully in the context of climate change and growing population.
Together with our partners, we have established long-term sites in order to measure existing numbers of wild relatives, understand future trends and identify smart ways to find useful adaptive traits of these crops. These traits — such as drought tolerance — are crucial for breeding new generations of crops to feed the growing world population.
Bioversity International also has a large array of Italian partners including national and sub-national governments, universities and research institutes, private companies and NGOs.