Working across institutions and disciplines for science-based responses to fight COVID-19 in Ethiopia

Agricultural researchers are applying data sharing and analytics to improve COVID testing and treatment, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health...

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Scientists unlock secrets of Ethiopia's superfood in race to save it from warming climate

Ethiopia's native staple food grain teff is at risk, with 80% of production to be hit by higher temperatures soon if not protected. For the first...

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Cool beans: A vertical crop fit for Africa's changing climate and nutritional gaps

By 2030, higher temperatures and droughts may cut common bean production by 3-5% in Africa. Farmers can adapt by switching to climbing varieties of...

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Empowering communities to use agrobiodiversity for nutritious diets

In a new GIZ-funded project in Kenya and Ethiopia, communities will develop their own action plans to improve nutrition and diet diversity with...

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Wheat varieties grown as part of crowdsourcing trials in India. Credit: Bioversity International/T.Rastogi

Farmer science accelerates climate adaptation

A new study in PNAS addresses the challenge of climate adaptation in a way that is both scalable and targeted. Scientists demonstrate a unique...

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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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Farmers evaluating traits of wheat varieties, Ethiopia. Credit: Bioversity International/J.van de Gevel

Ethiopian farmer communities – from citizen scientists to published authors

Ethiopian farmers’ knowledge was crucial in selecting wheat varieties that can ensure food security and climate resilience. Researchers in Italy and...

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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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Farmers evaluating wheat during trials in Ethiopia. Credit: Bioversity International/S. Collins

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...

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Washing clothes by the river. The Ethiopian agricultural landscape is dappled with African acacia trees (Vachellia abyssinica). Credit: Bioversity International/C. Zanzanaini

Agrobiodiversity characteristics for multiple benefits in restored agricultural systems

In the latest blog for the COP13 blog series, Natalia Estrada-Carmona and colleagues describe the behind-the-scenes work on a new tool that will...

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