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Latest newsletter - November 2017

This newsletter reports on the International Cacao Awards presented at the Salon du Chocolat, Paris, examines why we need to look beyond national borders to adapt farming systems to climate change, why forest systems need to become climate smart, and welcomes a new global programme seeking to contain the serious threat of Fusarium wilt to the world’s bananas.

Ann Tutwiler, Director General, also explains why agricultural biodiversity must be part of the disruptive change is needed to our food systems, in her report from the 44th Committee on World Food Security, held in Rome.

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A traditional food fair in Busia County.  Credit: John Ndungu, 2015

Busia, first county in Kenya to endorse a Biodiversity Conservation Policy

Busia has become the first of Kenya’s 47 counties to endorse a Biodiversity Conservation Policy. Emphasizing the economic and nutritional potential of...

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Disrupting agricultural and tree biodiversity science – a review of Bioversity International’s 2017

On the International Day of Biological Diversity, which in 2018 marks 25 years of action for biodiversity, our Director General, Ann Tutwiler is proud...

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Rice varieties from the plains of the Terai regions in Nepal. Credit: Bioversity International/B. Sthapit

Testing farmers evolutionary plant breeding strategies for coping with climate change

Bioversity International and IFAD are pleased to announce an IFAD grant of $3.5 million and national co-funding of $2.1 million, on the use of genetic...

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Disrupting agricultural and tree biodiversity science – a review of Bioversity International’s 2017

On the International Day of Biological Diversity, which in 2018 marks 25 years of action for biodiversity, our Director General, Ann Tutwiler is proud...

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Credit: Crop Trust

On the 10th anniversary of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a call for conserving the rest of the world's food

This week Ann Tutwiler was privileged to join the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault where she presented on why the...

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World Economic Forum highlights diversity as a key resilience strategy for future shocks

Every year since 2005, the World Economic Forum releases a Global Risks Report, which analyses the evolution and intensity of global risks. Ann...

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Community seedbank workshop unites representatives from around the world

Earlier this fall, International Workshop on Community Seedbanks attracted a truly international and diverse crowd: almost 100 farmers, experts,...

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Farmers attending a field day to learn about the trials of durum wheat at Geregera. A Seeds for Needs field trip, Ethiopia, 2015. Credit: Bioversity International/S.Collins

Modern science meets traditional knowledge to improve crop breeding

Scientists have partnered with traditional farmers to demonstrate, for the first time, how indigenous knowledge may drive future breeding.

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Community seedbanks: securing diversity for climate change adaptation

Bioversity International’s policy scientist Ronnie Vernooy explains to Degrees of Latitude why community seedbanks are important for farming systems’...

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