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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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Injecting diversity to bolster immunity to climate change and food insecurity

Bioversity International’s Senior Scientist Stefano Padulosi and Principal Economist Adam Drucker report on the success of the first edition of...

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How to develop and manage your own community seedbank

Ronnie Vernooy, Genetic Resources Policy Specialist, Bioversity International, reports on a new handbook for farmers who want to establish or...

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Professor Chin. Credit: Universiti Putra Malaysia

The legacy of a life devoted to seed conservation

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Professor Chin Hoong Fong earlier this month. Professor Chin is a former Member of the Board...

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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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Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Bioversity International

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 may...

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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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