Agricultural innovation in Tanzania

Ask the innovators: Which agricultural practices work best locally?

A new study by Bioversity International explores the power of ‘positive deviance’ in Tanzania. By working with highly successful farmers, this...

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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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Which are the right crops to enable food security under future climates?

A new paper sets out to determine if crop-specific research investments can be prioritized to anticipate climate change impact on crops and enable the...

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

A fresh look at crop seeds for healthy diets

As we get ready for World Food Day, researcher Jacob van Etten reminds us that seeds are a central piece of our food systems, as the vehicles that...

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Farmers in a Honduran village play AgroDuos as part of a participatory research project for bean breeding, led by Bioversity International. AgroDuos players sometimes need to make difficult decisions. In this case, the farmer must choose what's more important: Good taste of the beans, or nice growth habit of the plants?
Credit: Bioversity International/J. Steinke

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...

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ClimMob – a software for crowdsourcing climate smart-agriculture

A brand new Bioversity International-developed software - ClimMob - turns the research paradigm on its head and makes it easier for farmers to...

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Course participants learned about a new methodology – called ‘tricot’ as an abbreviation from ‘triadic comparisons of technologies’ – that allows to efficiently test new technologies involving farmers as citizen scientists.
Credit: Bioversity International/J. van Etten

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...

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Multi-functional landscape in Turrialba, Costa Rica. A hydropower dam manages water flows and electricity. A mix of farmland and forest can also be observed.  Credit: Bioversity International/C.Zanzanaini

Partnering with Costa Rica to help farmers face climate change

Bioversity International partners with Costa Rica to find new approaches to agriculture that take into account the variables of a changing climate.

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Drought landscape. Credit: CIAT/Neil Palmer

Treating drought like other natural disasters in Guatemala

Bioversity International scientist Jacob van Etten explains how drought drills can improve Guatemala's response to drought, in this Thomson Reuters...

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Children of farmers we work with in Latin America Credit: Bioversity International/M.Beltran

Girls crossing the desert - a reflection of an agricultural researcher

On International Women's Day 2015, Jacob van Etten, agricultural researcher with Bioversity International who is based in Central America, reflects on...

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