Bioversity International: research for development in agricultural and tree biodiversity

The challenge: To secure adequate food that is healthy, safe and of high quality for all, in an environmentally sustainable manner.

Today’s food systems are failing on both the consumption and production sides:

  • Malnutrition is affecting one in three people on the planet
  • Production of fruit and vegetables provides only 78% of the world population’s nutritional needs
  • Planetary boundaries are being pushed beyond safe limits – agriculture contributes around 24% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and is the single largest user of fresh water on the planet.

The solution: Mainstream agrobiodiversity in sustainable food systems

What is the Agrobiodiversity Index?

It is a consistent long-term tool to measure and manage agrobiodiversity across four dimensions: nutrition, production, seed systems and conservation.

It will help decision-makers – governments, investors, companies, farmers and consumers – ensure that food systems are more diverse and sustainable.

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Why do we need the Agrobiodiversity Index?

Up to now there has been no consistent way for governments, private sector and other decision-makers to assess and track agrobiodiversity in sustainable food systems, track change, or measure the influence it has on other issues and sectors.

Such knowledge gaps also extend to measuring how agrobiodiversity is delivering progress to meet multiple interconnected global targets including the Sustainable Development Goals and the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Agrobiodiversity is a critical component of a sustainable food system.
Without agrobiodiversity a food system cannot be sustainable
To manage agrobiodiversity, we need to measure it

Who is it for?

  • Companies implementing sustainable business practices that increase long-term shareholder value both by reducing risks in the supply chain and enhancing attractiveness to consumers.

  • Governments pursuing sustainable development by investing in progressive food, agriculture and conservation actions and monitoring country progress towards global goals.

  • Investors in Green Bonds contributing capital to sustainable environmental and climate-focused development projects.

  • Farmers, consumer groups and local organizations wanting information to inform their decisions about sustainable practices and purchases. 

What is agrobiodiversity?

Agricultural biodiversity (agrobiodiversity) “includes the variety and variability of animals, plants and micro-organisms that are used directly or indirectly for food and agriculture, including crops, livestock, forestry and fisheries.” (FAO, 2005)


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