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Bioversity International's mission is to deliver scientific evidence, management practices and policy options to use and safeguard agricultural and tree biodiversity to sustainable food and nutrition security.

The Central and South America region comprises 36 independent countries and territories. They harbour a huge range of climates and topography, from sub-polar climates in the south and the mountains, through temperate and sub-tropical areas, deserts, savannas and tropical forests.

The diversity of physical conditions and human societies have combined to give the region an unparalleled wealth of biological, agricultural and cultural diversity including many neglected and underutilized crops with the potential to feed the world and improve livelihoods.

Bioversity International is working with partners in the Americas where agricultural biodiversity can contribute to improved nutrition, resilience, productivity and climate change adaptation.

Where we work
Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru

Meet the team

News from Central and South America:

Injecting diversity to bolster immunity to climate change and food insecurity

Bioversity International’s Senior Scientist Stefano Padulosi and Principal Economist Adam Drucker report on the success of the first edition of...

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Men in a community forest enterprise in Petén, Guatemala involved in milling precious woods. Credit: Bioversity International/D.Stoian

Community concessions bring newfound hope for forest conservation and socioeconomic development

Recent findings evidenced that when forests are in the hands of local communities, governance, conservation and livelihoods improve.

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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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Multi-functional landscape in Turrialba, Costa Rica.
Forests, farmland, and mixed crop and agroforestry systems (including sugarcane).

Please credit: Bioversity International/C.Zanzanaini

Costa Rica improves risk-management with digital emergency response system

Bioversity International’s agro-climatic risk management, in cooperation with The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica, produced a...

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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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New paper links farmers' perceptions of crop diversity and adaptation to climate change

Farmers in the Andean highlands are facing more unpredictable drought, frost, hail, and pest and disease outbreaks under climate change. A study by...

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Different stages of restoration of seasonally dry tropical forest in Colombia. credit: Luis Gonzalo Moscoso Higuita

A tool to guide species and seed selection for the restoration of seasonally dry tropical forest in Colombia

Making sure that native species and seed sources are site-adapted requires a certain degree of scientifically-based decision making capacity, which...

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Mahogany tree after 10 years, Mexico. Credit: Bioversity International/L. Snook

Restoring productivity and biodiversity in tropical forests by mimicking natural disasters

Laura Snook, Coordinator of Management and Conservation of Forest and Tree Resources, CGIAR Research Programme on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry,...

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Mainstreaming biodiversity for nutrition in Brazil

Daniela Moura de Oliveira Beltrame, National Project Coordinator, Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition, explains why Brazil is putting diverse native...

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Jonathan Steinke receives the Hans H Rutherford Fiat Panis award at Tropentag 2016. Credit: Tropentag

Fiat panis award for thesis research on citizen science for climate change adaptation in Honduras

During Tropentag 2016 held in Vienna, Jonathan Steinke from Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, received the fiat panis Hans H Ruthenberg graduate...

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Contact

For details of how to contact our offices in the Americas, click here.

Alternatively contact our Regional Representative, Central and South America:
Marleni Ramirez