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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

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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

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:

Field trial of different common bean varieties in Honduras. Credit: Bioversity International/J.Steinke

USAID partners with Bioversity International on Crowdsourced Crop Improvement

Bioversity International has been awarded $1 million by the Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) program at USAID for crowdsourced crop improvement...

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Landscape in Mbeya, Tanzania. Credit: A.Hart

Book launch – Climate Smart Landscapes: Multifunctionality in Practice 

Read Chapter 7 on integrated landscape initiatives in Africa and Latin America in the book – Climate Smart Landscapes: Multifunctionality in Practice,...

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Evert_Thomas_Colombia_Mahogany. Credit: Bioversity International/C. Alcazar Caicedo

Adding science to the landscape – Evert Thomas chats about restoration

With only three days to go until the long-anticipated Global Landscapes Forum, Bioversity International’s forest genetic resources researcher Evert...

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Photo by CIFOR/M.Simola

Restoration of native species highlighted at the 2014 Global Landscapes Forum

On 6 December, Bioversity International researcher Evert Thomas and Regional Director for the Americas, Marleni Ramirez, will join research partners...

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Photo: M. Ann Tutwiler, Bioversity International Director General, and Mauricio Lopes, President of Embrapa, signing the 5-year agreement to boost sustainable food systems. Credit: Embrapa

Bioversity International and Embrapa sign 5-year agreement to boost sustainable food systems

Bioversity International and Embrapa today agreed to work closely together to expand the existing knowledge base on how to use agricultural...

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 Cocoa bean diversity, Nicaragua. Credit: Bioversity International/X. Scheldemann

Bioversity International and partners announce the establishment of Americas Cacao Breeders Working Group

The Americas Cacao Breeders Group will bring together cacao breeders, scientists and industry members to collaborate and coordinate on the breeding...

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Quinoa farmer from Puno, Peru discusses his harvest. Credit: Bioversity International/M.Ramirez

Agricultural biodiversity: a cornerstone for family farm adaptation to climate change

Marleni Ramirez, Regional Representative, Central and South America, reports back from 5th Regional Seminar on agriculture and climate change hosted...

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A selection of common bean varieties from Latin America. Credit: Bioversity International/J.Corondel

Strategic Action Plan for Mesoamerica: A 10-year roadmap

Bioversity International and partners have spent over a year gathering data and discussing how the agriculturally biodiverse region of Mesoamerica can...

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Quinoa fields in Peru. Credit: Bioversity International/A.Drucker

Updated descriptors for quinoa and its wild relatives

In 2013, as part of activities to mark the 2013 International Year of Quinoa, Bioversity International and FAO released Descriptors for quinoa and its...

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Quinoa growing in field, Peru. Credit: Bioversity International/A.Camacho

New book puts the spotlight on Andean ‘super grains’

Launched at the Fourth World Congress on Quinoa held in 2013 in Ibarra, Ecuador, the book Biodiversity of andean grains: Balancing market potential...

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