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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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News

13 Feb 2018

From innovation to childhood memories – savoring Valentine’s Day chocolate

Amidst preparations for a cocoa bean auction in Amsterdam’s historical stock exchange, Brigitte Laliberté stops to chat to us about the newly released ruby chocolate, Cocoa of Excellence Programme's plans for the year and what she thinks is the best chocolate to give to a special someone on ... read more

06 Feb 2018

CGIAR centres and research programmes combine forces to reduce the damage of banana disease in Uganda

Bioversity International brings together a highly multidisciplinary team with the aim of making innovative breakthroughs to curb the spread of Banana Xanthomonas Wilt while minimizing the costs.

02 Feb 2018

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 Tutwiler reflects on how agricultural biodiversity can mitigate these risks and enhance resilience in her latest DG Dialogues blog.

DG Dialogues
02 Feb 2018

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. ... read more

17 Nov 2017

Looking beyond national borders to adapt farming systems to climate change

As the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP23) draws to a close in Bonn, Ann Tutwiler explains how adapting farming systems to climate change ... read more

16 Oct 2017

Agrobiodiversity is essential for the disruptive changes we need in global food systems

On World Food Day, Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Bioversity International reflects on last week’s 44th Session of the Committee on World ... read more

Media coverage

17 Oct 2017

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, academics, plant breeders and scientists from around the world gathered to exchange differing experiences between community seedbanks in 'the ... read more

04 Aug 2017

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.

25 May 2017

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’ resilience, and how they can be supported.

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