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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.

Bioversity International is working with partners in East and Southern Africa where agricultural biodiversity can contribute to improved nutrition, resilience, productivity and climate change adaptation.

Where we are working
Burundi, EthiopiaKenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda

Meet the team

News from East and Southern Africa:

CGIAR centres and research programmes combine forces to reduce the damage of banana disease in Uganda

Bioversity International brings together a highly multidisciplinary team with the aim of making innovative breakthroughs to curb the spread of Banana...

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Students of St Mary's School, Mundika, Kenya, lining up for their school meal and selecting African leafy vegetables over common kales. Credit: Aurillia Manjella/BFN Kenya

A win-win-win solution for conservation, nutrition and livelihoods

A recent initiative by Bioversity International and partners was shortlisted as one of top ten innovative solutions that promote change in human...

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Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Bioversity International

Looking beyond national borders to adapt farming systems to climate change

As the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP23) draws to a close in Bonn, Ann Tutwiler explains how adapting farming systems to climate change may...

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Round two of the Gender Research Fellowship Programme takes off in Nairobi

Building on a successful first phase, the Gender Research Fellowship Programme is back for round two. This programme has been designed to strengthen...

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Woman selling varieties of dark green leafy vegetables at the market in Luwingu, Northern Province, Zambia. Credit: Bioversity International/M.Ahern

Inspiring local communities to enhance their diets

Nutrition Specialist, Molly Ahern, talks about the methodologies used to learn about local diets in northern Malawi and northern Zambia and help...

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Farmers evaluating traits of wheat varieties, Ethiopia. Credit: Bioversity International/J.van de Gevel

Ethiopian farmer communities – from citizen scientists to published authors

Ethiopian farmers’ knowledge was crucial in selecting wheat varieties that can ensure food security and climate resilience. Researchers in Italy and...

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Poster on the single diseased stem removal technique (SDSR), one of the management practices that have been shown to be effective in controlling Xanthomonas wilt. Credit: Bioversity International

Collaboration on research and training to control banana Xanthomonas wilt in East and Central Africa

Xanthomonas wilt is a bacterial disease threatening banana production in East and Central Africa. New collaborative research involving Bioversity...

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Farmers attending a field day to learn about the trials of durum wheat at Geregera. A Seeds for Needs field trip, Ethiopia, 2015. Credit: Bioversity International/S.Collins

Modern science meets traditional knowledge to improve crop breeding

Scientists have partnered with traditional farmers to demonstrate, for the first time, how indigenous knowledge may drive future breeding.

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Madagascar crop. Please credit: D.Hunter/Bioversity

Mutually implementing the Nagoya Protocol and the Plant Treaty in Madagascar

A Darwin Initiative funded project coordinated by Bioversity International in Madagascar and Benin has communities devising personalized investment...

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Farmers evaluating wheat during trials in Ethiopia. Credit: Bioversity International/S. Collins

Harnessing traditional knowledge to wheat breeding in Ethiopia

A new study of durum wheat varieties in Ethiopia, shows the value of including farmer evaluations based on traditional knowledge into crop breeding...

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Contact:

For details of how to contact our offices in East and Southern Africa, click here.

Alternatively contact our Regional Representative, East and Southern Africa:
Eldad Karamura