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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.

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

Bringing forgotten crops back to the table

Scaling up efforts to incorporate agrobiodiversity into food systems in Brazil, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Turkey.
 

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Bringing our forests back to life

Bioversity International and partners are guiding resilient forest restoration efforts by collecting lessons learned and developing decision-support tools, in Latin America and beyond.
 

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Local foods – a strategic asset for healthy diets

Deploying the potential of seasonal fruits and vegetables as strategic assets for healthy diets in Kenya, Guatemala, Mali, and Vietnam.
 

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A climate change atlas for Central America

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in collaboration with Bioversity International and The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) has published an Atlas titled ‘Suitability of key Central American agroforestry species under future climates’.

The Atlas presents current and future suitability maps for 54 species that are commonly used as shade in agroforestry systems in Central America. "It is important to know where a species remains suitable under future climatic conditions to be able to give practical advice to farmers and tree growers” said Kauê de Sousa of Bioversity International who is the main author of the study. 

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Strategic Action Plan for Mesoamerica

Bioversity International and partners spent over a year gathering data and consulting with more than 100 regional stakeholders to develop an action plan to strengthen the role of plant genetic resources in adapting to climate change in Mesoamerica. The result, a 10-year roadmap known as 'SAPM – Strategic action plan to strengthen conservation and use of Mesoamerican plant genetic resources in adapting agriculture to climate change'.

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News from Central and South America:

Coming to the rescue - Payment for Agrobiodiversity Services to safeguard crop varieties in Guatemala

The Alliance-led PACS programme is helping saving resilient traditional crop varieties in Huehuetenango, Guatemala.

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The complex relationship between deforestation and diet diversity in the Amazon  

As increasing areas of the Amazonian rainforest are converted into agricultural land, scientists are examining how this is linked with local...

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COVID-19 highlights the need for food systems-based policies for reducing tropical deforestation

Deforestation has many drivers but one is often overlooked: food consumption in cities that increases demand for products produced on deforested land....

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Cadmium in Peruvian cacao: framing the problem and investigating solutions

Our researchers are working to understand mitigation of the toxic element cadmium in Latin American cacao.

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Now reading: vulnerability mapping for forest conservation and restoration

A new article presents a vulnerability mapping model turned online tool, that contributes to science-based planning for forest restoration and...

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An Alliance for Trees: Why forest biodiversity is "too precious to lose"

From forest fires to COVID-19, this year has already presented grave challenges to human and planetary health. Now more than ever, forests have an...

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Female empowerment for the future of cacao

In Peru, the Fine Flavor Cacao project is securing the next generation of cacao farmers by highlighting the role of women throughout production.

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Going against nature

In his latest blog, Juan Lucas Restrepo talks about the importance of identifying collective solutions to diversify our agriculture and thus fight...

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Why climate change means a rethink of coffee and cocoa production systems

New research by an international group of scientists, from Inland Norway University, Bioversity International, Wageningen University and the World...

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Recipes to the rescue

Bioversity International partners with chefs, nutritionist, local communities and researchers to leverage the low-cost, highly nutritious and...

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