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On June 26th 2014, Bioversity International reached a significant milestone – 40 years of operation as the world agricultural biodiversity research-for-development centre.  It also marked the start of a 12-month campaign to highlight our past achievements and to look ahead as we continue to deliver scientific evidence, management practices and policy options to use and safeguard agricultural biodiversity to attain sustainable global food and nutrition security.

40th anniversary video message from Professor M.S. Swaminathan

As part of celebrations to mark Bioversity International's 40th anniversary, we are very proud that Professor M.S. Swaminathan, a World Food Prize Laureate and known as the 'Indian father of the Green Revolution' sent us a special video message. Watch it below.  

Director General 40th Anniversary Blog

M. Ann Tutwiler, Director General, reflects on Bioversity International's past, present and future, in her special 40th anniversary DG Dialogues blog.
Read it here

About Us

In 1974, Bioversity International was established with the aim of building and expanding the conservation of plant genetic resources around the world.
Read more about our history.

Over time the organization's focus has changed. Today we are the only global research-for-development organization that investigates how agricultural biodiversity nourishes people and sustains the planet.
Read our 10-year strategy 2014-2024

Celebrating 40 years

View presentations about our refreshed strategy and some research highlights