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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 Asia region is characterized by diverse ecosystems and landscapes: highlands, semi-arid tropics and humid coastal plains with climates varying from temperate to tropical. The region is the centre of diversity of many important species of crops (rice, nuts, fruits), with most of its resource-poor smallholder farmers dependent on this agricultural and forest biodiversity for food security and livelihoods.

Bioversity International is working with partners in the Central and south Asia where agricultural biodiversity can contribute to improved nutrition, resilience, productivity and climate change adaptation.

Where we work
Bangladesh, India, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan.

Contact

For details of how to contact our offices Central and south Asia click here.

Alternatively contact our Regional Representative, Central and South Asia: Dr. Krishna Kumar.

The race to save threatened crops in Nepal

Bioversity International & partners worked with farmers in remote mountainous regions to rescue, conserve and repatriate 284 rare and endangered traditional crops after two devastating earthquakes hit Nepal in 2015.
 

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News from Central and South Asia:

The response from the Alliance of Bioversity and CIAT to the COVID-19 crisis in Asia

COVID-19 emphasized the need for more resilient and healthy food systems. In Asia, we are partnering with governments, NGOs, and private institutions...

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Nepali community seedbanks join forces to conserve agrobiodiversity

On the International Day for Biological Diversity, we celebrate community seedbanks that maintain and harness Nepal’s rich agricultural biodiversity...

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How did an ancient plant from Latin America become Asia’s second-most important cash crop?

Valued at dining room tables and factory floors alike, cassava is worth about $10 billion in Asia. The continued growth of the commodity faces...

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Godavari Basin: Agriculture facing up to Anthropocene challenges

Agriculture in the Anthropocene faces radically distinct challenges from previous decades, including significantly increasing production of food for...

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Wheat varieties grown as part of crowdsourcing trials in India. Credit: Bioversity International/T.Rastogi

Farmer science accelerates climate adaptation

A new study in PNAS addresses the challenge of climate adaptation in a way that is both scalable and targeted. Scientists demonstrate a unique...

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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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Women prepare lunch in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Credit: CIFOR/Augusta

Understanding gender norms and innovation processes to foster gender-equitable opportunities in forest landscapes

Gender researchers present findings from Indonesia and Kyrgyzstan that shed light on how gender norms shape, and are influenced by, forest and...

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Call for help to map conservation priorities for Asian tree species

Unsustainable extraction, changing land uses and climate threaten thousands of socio-economically valuable tree species across Asia. A new regional...

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Local apricot variety, Uzbekistan. Credit: Bioversity International/K.Baymetov

Increasing the profile of crop diversity in Uzbekistan

Bioversity International and partners joined forces to address the challenges to the existing system of seed and planting material production in...

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Rice terraces in Nepal. Credit: IRRI/B.Bouman

Promoting agricultural biodiversity on the mountains of Nepal

A new catalogue provides easy reference to diverse crop varieties adapted to mountain agriculture in Nepal to promote a growing demand for...

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