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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 work
Burundi, EthiopiaKenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda

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

Meet the team

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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Banana split: Equitable benefits in banana farming

A new guide, developed by Bioversity International with partners will help design more effective control strategies for banana disease by taking into account social and gender norms.

 

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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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News from East and Southern Africa:

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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Banana farmers in Burundi. Credit: Bioversity International/F.Iradukunda

How does gender influence banana disease management?

New research by Bioversity International is studying how women and men control and manage banana cropping systems in Burundi, and how this can...

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Increasing access to quality and diverse seed: A journey to the Kiziba community seedbank

As the threat of climate change looms large over the agriculture sector and food security, many farmers in Uganda are beginning to appreciate the...

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Market in Hanoi, Vietnam. Credit: Flickr/Rosno

Food and nutrition are moving to the city

Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Bioversity International, welcomes the 2017 Global Food Policy Report, published today by the International Food...

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Joy Mugisha in her home seedbank. Credit: Bioversity International/J.Turyatemba

Banking on diversity and knowledge-sharing – the story of one of Uganda’s best farmers

One of the winners of Uganda’s National Best Farmers competition, Joy Mugisha is not only an invaluable source of agrobiodiversity knowledge for her...

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Banana diversity at the East and Central Africa Musa Germplasm Collection, Mbarara, Uganda. Credit: Bioversity International/N. Capozio

Working with farmers to fight crop disease

Livelihoods in East and Central Africa are seriously threatened by Banana Xanthomonas Wilt, a devastating disease causing up to 100% yield loss and...

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