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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:

Parbati, Nepalese farmer, in her home garden. Credit: Bioversity International/M.Elias

Evolution of gender relations among Nepalese farmers

CGIAR research program and LI-BIRD researchers travelled to Nepal's Gulmi District to put the 'Home Gardens' initiative's results under a gender lens.

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Rupa Lake landscape. Credit: LI-BIRD/M.Shrestha

Restoring the Rupa lake watershed in Nepal

15 years of using a landscape approach to conserve biodiversity are presented in this new publication by LI-BIRD and Bioversity International, showing...

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Women present at community session in Khekuani, Barguna. Credit: Dorothy Chandrabalan

Inspiring change for rural women in Bangladesh through the use of agricultural biodiversity

In Bangladesh, a woman's influence in society often seems to be restricted to the boundaries of her home. Yet a closer look reveals women as...

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Log books containing data about the seeds

Community Seed Banks in Nepal - Past, present, future

More than 100 community seed banks are active in Nepal. A new publication by LI-BIRD, Bioversity International and partners highlights the...

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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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