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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:

A food security monitoring and early warning system for Guatemala

Supported by Bioversity International and CCAFS, the Guatemala Secretariat for Food and Nutrition Security implemented a digital platform to improve...

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Different tubers on display at a diversity fair, Peru. Credit: Bioversity International/A.Drucker

How is agrobiodiversity faring in Peru?

Did you know that Peru is one of the main centres of crop diversity in the world? A recent study conducted by Bioversity International sets the stage...

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Local agrobiodiversity in Guatemala. Credit: Bioversity International/R. Robitaille

One thousand and ninety seven reasons to celebrate World Food Day

In her World Food Day blog, Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Bioversity International draws attention to the thousands of overlooked food...

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Seasonal availability workshop in Dungariya village, Madhya Pradesh, India. Credit: Bioversity International/G. Meldrum

Adding colour to rural diets year round with the Seasonal Food Availability Booklet

From focus group to plate: a new tool developed by Bioversity International to enhance the use of local agrobiodiversity for health and nutrition

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Uniting efforts to enhance the use of neglected Mayan superfood chaya

Rose Robitaille, Research Fellow, Healthy diets from sustainable food systems, discusses the potential of chaya, an underutilized Mayan spinach, and...

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Inyectando diversidad para reforzar la inmunidad al cambio climático y a la inseguridad alimentaria

El científico senior de Bioversity International Stefano Padulosi y el economista principal Adam Drucker informan sobre el éxito de la primera edición...

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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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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