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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Seed fair in Nakaseke, Uganda, to raise awareness of traditional varieties of beans.
Please credit: Bioversity International/I.Lopez-Noriega

Access and benefit sharing of genetic resources – making it work for family farmers

A new special issue of Farming Matters, produced in collaboration with Bioversity International, focuses on how access and benefit sharing of plant...

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Rice close-up. Credit: Bioversity International/S. Landersz

New version of Multi-Crop Passport Descriptors released

Published by FAO and Bioversity International, the Multi-Crop Passport Descriptors are an international standard globally adopted for passport data of...

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Crop wild relatives – are they going to end up like the dodo?

Many crop wild relatives are at risk of extinction. How to safeguard and use them was the theme of a side event held during the Plant Treaty Governing...

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In vitro banana collection at the Bioversity International Transit Centre in Leuven, Belgium. Credit: Bioversity International/N. Roux

Increasing benefits from genetic resources held in trust by CGIAR

Frank Rijsberman, CEO, CGIAR Consortium, explains how CGIAR engages with the Plant Treaty in his latest blog. Rijsberman was one of the high level...

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Supporting international efforts to pool and conserve crop genetic resources in times of radical legal change

Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz and the editors of Intellectual Property Rights, published by Oxford University Press, said that it is urgent that the...

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Farmers learn about different bean and maize varieties at Seed fair in Saraguro, Ecuador. Credit: Bioversity international/J.Coronel

The International Plant Treaty at the centre of climate change discussions

M. Ann Tutwiler, Director General, highlights the importance of the International Treaty to facilitate the exchange, benefit-sharing and dialogue...

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Bean varieties at seed fair in Uganda. Credit: Bioversity International/I.Lopez-Noriega

Supporting international cooperation in access and benefit sharing of germplasm for climate change adaptation

Climate change is already forcing farmers around the world to find substitutes for currently grown crop varieties that cannot tolerate changing...

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Farmers who have brough in their diverse maize and common bean varieties to share at Seed fair in Saraguro, Ecuador. Credit: Bioversity International/J.Coronel

New decision-making tool on ‘mutually supportive’ access and benefit-sharing mechanisms

The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) commit their...

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A selection of common bean varieties from Latin America. Credit: Bioversity International/J.Corondel

Strategic Action Plan for Mesoamerica: A 10-year roadmap

Bioversity International and partners have spent over a year gathering data and discussing how the agriculturally biodiverse region of Mesoamerica can...

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