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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:

Conservation concerns for endemic potato species in Bolivia

A recent study shows that many endemic Bolivian potato species are under threat. Many of these species have tolerance to certain pests, diseases and...

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Supporting Seedbanks in South Africa publication

Supporting community seedbanks in South Africa

A new report by Bioversity International and partners provides input for a strategy to support community seedbanks in South Africa’s smallholder...

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Agricultural landscape in Turrialba, Costa Rica.

Climate-smart territories — An interview with Jacob van Etten

Bioversity International scientist Jacob van Etten on 'climate-smart territories' and the recent Wallace Conference in Costa Rica.

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Wild foods: a food security strategy that's hard to swallow?

Bioversity International's Barbara Vinceti joins Bronwen Powell and Eva Muller in a discussion on the importance of wild foods for the food and...

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Food for thought on Andean super grains

A new book Biodiversity of Andean grains: Balancing market potential and sustainable livelihoods puts the spotlight on Andean super grains: quinoa,...

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Estrategias de los agricultores para adaptarse al cambio climático en Colombia

¿Cómo se adaptan las comunidades rurales al cambio climático? Bioversity International y sus socios están trabajando con las comunidades en Colombia...

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Farmer strategies to adapt to climate change in Colombia

How will rural communities adapt to climate change? Bioversity International and partners are working with communities in Colombia to assess their...

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Comunidades en Guatemala guardan la diversidad del maíz

La región de Huehuetenango, en las tierras altas de los Cuchumatanes al occidente de Guatemala, es un importante centro de diversificación del maíz.

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Communities saving maize diversity in Guatemala

The Huehuetenango region, in the Cuchumatanes highlands of Western Guatemala, is an important centre of diversification for maize.

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Maarten van Zonneveld, Associate Scientist in diversity analysis for conservation and use, based in Bioversity International's Colombia office.

How studying peach palm in tropical Latin America can help us understand the potential of diversity.

A new open access research paper looks at peach palm in tropical Latin America and its implications for biodiversity conservation, natural resource...

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