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12 Jun 2017

Costa Rica improves risk-management with digital emergency response system

Bioversity International’s agro-climatic risk management, in cooperation with The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica, produced a national-scale system documenting agricultural losses to Hurricane Otto in real time, assisting the development of an immediate response plan.

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18 May 2017

Participatory research is a serious game

On a warm afternoon in a small farming village in Honduras, half a dozen farmers sit with a visitor from an NGO they’ve worked with before. They’re there to discuss the farmers’ priorities to improve their main crop, beans. What do the farmers need most? What should the bean breeders focus ... read more

02 Feb 2017

New paper links farmers' perceptions of crop diversity and adaptation to climate change

Farmers in the Andean highlands are facing more unpredictable drought, frost, hail, and pest and disease outbreaks under climate change. A study by Bioversity International in partnership with PROINPA investigated how eight communities in the Lake Titicaca region of Bolivia perceive the ... read more

12 Dec 2016

A tool to guide species and seed selection for the restoration of seasonally dry tropical forest in Colombia

Making sure that native species and seed sources are site-adapted requires a certain degree of scientifically-based decision making capacity, which most restoration practitioners currently do not have.  As part of our CBD COP13 Forest and Landscape Restoration blog series, Evert Thomas ... read more

09 Dec 2016

Restoring productivity and biodiversity in tropical forests by mimicking natural disasters

Laura Snook, Coordinator of Management and Conservation of Forest and Tree Resources, CGIAR Research Programme on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry, explains why sometimes it necessary to clear patches of trees to stimulate regeneration of species that become established after natural ... read more

06 Dec 2016

Mainstreaming biodiversity for nutrition in Brazil

Daniela Moura de Oliveira Beltrame, National Project Coordinator, Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition, explains why Brazil is putting diverse native species at the centre of policies for sustainable development in the latest CBD COP13 Blog.

26 Sep 2016

Fiat panis award for thesis research on citizen science for climate change adaptation in Honduras

During Tropentag 2016 held in Vienna, Jonathan Steinke from Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, received the fiat panis Hans H Ruthenberg graduate award for his thesis research carried out through Bioversity International’s 'Seeds for Needs' initiative.

12 Sep 2016

Central American professionals learn about farmer citizen science for climate adaptation

79 professionals from NGOs, farmer organizations and research institutes in Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala learned about an exciting methodology that allows to efficiently test new technologies involving farmers as citizen scientists.

17 Aug 2016

Crank it up! Researchers discover that banana plants enjoy thermotherapy

Bioversity International and other CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas scientists have discovered several thermotherapy-related methods that facilitate farmers' battle against banana pests, produce disease-free banana planting materials and have positive effects on yields.

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10 Aug 2016

From dish to podium – it’s about a lot more than just sports in Rio

Brazil is not only home to the world’s best beach volleyball team but also the planet’s greatest plant biodiversity, representing around 15 to 20% of the total number of species on Earth. Much of these plants are edible and nutritious, yet neglected, but we hope that the tide will turn as ... read more

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