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 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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Women farmers at Farmers' Field Day at Vaishali, Bihar in April 2017. Credit: Bioversity International/S. Dsouza

Seeds for Needs – India: a pathway to diversification

Bioversity International's 'Seeds for Needs' in India researches how crop diversity can help minimize the climate change risks with the support of...

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Bioversity International scientist Carlo Fadda in a durum wheat test plot in Ethiopia. Credit: Bioversity International

Can ancient Ethiopian wheat varieties provide resistance to stem rust?

Interviewed by Süddeutsche Zeitung, Bioversity International scientist Carlo Fadda explains how Ethiopian durum wheat offers a unique and not fully...

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Durum wheat varieties growing in trial plots in Amhara Region, Ethiopia. They are being tested by farmers to see how they perform under the changing climatic conditions. Credit: Bioversity International

Ethiopian wheat offers unique source of diversity for weathering climate change

A pioneering study by Scuola Sant’Anna, Bioversity International and partners has revealed that Ethiopian durum wheat is a fresh source of genetic...

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Dr. Teshome Walle at the Seeds for Needs project site

Why agricultural biodiversity matters for the future of Ethiopia

On a field trip to meet farmers testing durum wheat varieties, Dr. Teshome Walle, Head of the Bureau of Agriculture, Amhara, spoke about why he thinks...

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Tracking proteins in farmers' varieties of durum wheat in Ethiopia

Durum wheat is a common crop in Ethiopia where many local varieties are grown. Mr Basazen Fantahun, an Ethiopian, has been awarded Bioversity...

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