Bioversity International: research for development in agricultural and tree biodiversity

Eastern and Southern Africarss

24 Nov 2017

A win-win-win solution for conservation, nutrition and livelihoods

A recent initiative by Bioversity International and partners was shortlisted as one of top ten innovative solutions that promote change in human activities to ensure sustainable food security while conserving biodiversity.

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 may require looking beyond national borders for diverse crop varieties adapted to future climatic conditions.

12 Oct 2017

Round two of the Gender Research Fellowship Programme takes off in Nairobi

Building on a successful first phase, the Gender Research Fellowship Programme is back for round two. This programme has been designed to strengthen researchers' capacity to conduct research that can support gender equality and other desired project outcomes, such as the sustainable ... read more

30 Aug 2017

Inspiring local communities to enhance their diets

Nutrition Specialist, Molly Ahern, talks about the methodologies used to learn about local diets in northern Malawi and northern Zambia and help increase their nutritional value and diversity.

23 Aug 2017

Collaboration on research and training to control banana Xanthomonas wilt in East and Central Africa

Xanthomonas wilt is a bacterial disease threatening banana production in East and Central Africa. New collaborative research involving Bioversity International, IITA and partners in Uganda and DR Congo is providing options to control the disease.

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.

24 Jul 2017

Mutually implementing the Nagoya Protocol and the Plant Treaty in Madagascar

A Darwin Initiative funded project coordinated by Bioversity International in Madagascar and Benin has communities devising personalized investment plans, ranging from medicinal plant botanical gardens to sustainable tourism.

18 Jul 2017

Harnessing traditional knowledge to wheat breeding in Ethiopia

A new study of durum wheat varieties in Ethiopia, shows the value of including farmer evaluations based on traditional knowledge into crop breeding practices.

08 May 2017

How does gender influence banana disease management?

New research by Bioversity International is studying how women and men control and manage banana cropping systems in Burundi, and how this can influence the adoption of technologies that can help farmers manage a deadly banana disease.

12 Apr 2017

Increasing access to quality and diverse seed: A journey to the Kiziba community seedbank

As the threat of climate change looms large over the agriculture sector and food security, many farmers in Uganda are beginning to appreciate the importance of seed diversity. Recently a team of farmers from Bunyoro region traveled to the Kiziba community seed bank to study how it operates ... read more

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