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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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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:

A bunch of local Banana (Musa spp.) Banana is a key species of Nepalese home garden. Credit: Bioversity International/Bipin Saugat

First ever banana crop contingency plan published

In 2013, the Organismo Internacional Regional de Sanidad Agropecuaria (OIRSA) published the first contingency plan for banana production in Latin...

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Pitanga fruits originated in Brazil but can now be found across the tropics. The cherry-sized fruits are highly nutritious containing large quantities of vitamin C. Credit: Bioversity International/M. Hermann

Biodiversity for food and nutrition

‘Biodiversity for Food Nutrition’ (B4FN) is finding ways to mainstream agricultural biodiversity into national and global policies and programmes...

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Post-mining restoration in Colombia using native tree species. Credit: Forestpa/L.G. Moscoso Higuita

Bioversity International researcher promotes forest restoration in Nature

'Gold rush: Forest devastated by mining is reborn', a note from Evert Thomas, a Bioversity International Associate Scientist, was published this week...

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Agricultural landscape in volcanic region, Chile. Credit: Pablo C.M BIOIMAGENES C.L

Open-access review on landscape initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean

An open-access review of integrated landscape initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean is now available. We interviewed one of the authors,...

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Custodian farmer rescues potatoes from flooding along the banks  of Lake Titicaca

Bolivia leads the way in recognizing farmers as custodians of biodiversity

Bolivia recognizes custodian farmers of agricultural biodiversity as key contributors to the conservation of biodiversity, food and income security —...

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Foto: Bioversity International/G.Baldinelli

Bolivia lidera el camino para reconocer a los Agricultores como Custodios de la Agrobiodiversidad

Bolivia ha realizado un reconocimiento a los agricultores custodios de la agrobiodiversidad como contribuyentes claves para la conservación de la...

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Maize farmer in Central America. Credit: CIMMYT/E. Phipps

Simulating drought in Guatemala to prepare for climate change

Bioversity International is running a series of drought simulation exercises with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock in Guatemala to see how...

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SAPM - Strategic Action Plan for Mesoamerica

An action plan to conserve and use the diversity of Mesoamerica

Bioversity International has been working with over 100 stakeholders to develop this 10-year action plan to strengthen the role of plant genetic...

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PAEM - Plan de Acción estratégico para Mesoamerica

Un Plan de Acción para conservar y usar la diversidad Mesoamericana

Bioversity International ha trabajado con más de 100 partes interesadas para desarrollar este plan de acción para fortalecer el papel de los recursos...

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Fruit diversity in Mercado municipal, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Credit: jACK TWO/Flickr

Mainstreaming biodiversity and nutrition in Brazil

As Brazil revises its national biodiversity and action plan, a global initiative of the Global Environment Facility led by Brazil, Kenya, Sri Lanka...

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