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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 Southeast Asia region here refers to the sub-region of Mekong River Basin plus Malay Archipelago and covers the major least developed countries in the world. The region is characterized by diverse ecosystems and landscapes: highlands and low humid tropics with climates varying from the temperate, the sub-tropical to the tropical.

The region is the centre of diversity of many important species of crops (rice, soybean, banana, coconut), animals and livestock 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 Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines and Vietnam where agricultural biodiversity can contribute to improved nutrition, resilience, productivity and climate change adaptation.

Where we work

Cambodia, China, Laos, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam

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Contact

For details of how to contact our offices in South-east Asia, click here 

Alternatively contact our Regional Representative, South-east Asia: Zongwen Zhang

Papua New Guinea's amazing banana diversity

Papua New Guinea is a hotspot of banana diversity. An expedition to Bougainville by Bioversity International and partners resulted in +60 samples of wild & cultivated bananas added to the national collection.

 

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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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Adding nutrition to the food chain in Indonesia

How to diversify diets, improve diet quality and increase smallholder incomes in commercial food systems in five steps.

 

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Markets for nutritious foods

We are promoting agricultural biodiversity for nutrition and health focused on the value chains of available agricultural biodiversity in production, markets and consumption with partners in China and Vietnam. The participatory action research methodology has been adopted on the assessment of agricultural biodiversity by smallholder farmers, particularly females and will be promoted on banana and underutilized crops such as buckwheat.

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Climate-smart research

We are carrying out research on integrated agricultural technologies for enhanced adaptive capacity and resilient livelihoods in climate-smart villages (CSVs) of Southeast Asia aims to provide climate-smart agriculture options to enhance adaptive capacity among CSV farmers and stakeholders, and contribute to more climate-resilient livelihoods, in selected sites in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam.

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News from the South-east Asia region

A Course in Nepal on Plant Genetic Resources and Resilient Seed Systems for Sustainable Food Security

Francesca Grazioli, Research Support Officer for the Cacao Genetic Resources Team, Bioversity International, reports on a training on securing...

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Strengthening farmers' seed systems in China

Dr. Yiching Song, Senior Researcher at the Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Dr. Ronnie Vernooy, Senior...

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Focus group with Thai men in north-west Vietnam Credit: Institute for Social Development Studies/Van Anh Nguyen

Using vignettes to explore gender issues related to food security and nutrition

Giulia Micheletti, Marlène Elias, and Jessica Raneri of Bioversity International describe a nutrition-sensitive version of GENNOVATE, in which a...

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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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Seasonal availability workshop in Dungariya village, Madhya Pradesh, India. Credit: Bioversity International/G. Meldrum

Adding colour to rural diets year round with the Seasonal Food Availability Booklet

From focus group to plate: a new tool developed by Bioversity International to enhance the use of local agrobiodiversity for health and nutrition

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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 variety of purple sweet potato in Mai Son, Vietnam. Credit: J.Raneri/Bioversity International

Improving diets in Vietnam with roots, tubers and bananas

Erin Zettell and Jessica Raneri, from Bioversity International, report on how consuming more roots, tubers and bananas, particularly...

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A Gaharu Tree nursery in the Hutan Harapan forest, Indonesia. Credit: Bioversity International/R.Jalonen

Forest restoration needs to become climate-smart

As the world leaders gather in Bonn for the UN climate summit, a new study shows that forest restoration needs a mindset change to reach its potential...

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Saving the Pacific's coconuts

Coconut-producing countries and international organizations will meet in Fiji from 31st October to 4th November 2017 to discuss the future of coconut...

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When the sequel is as good as the original: reporting from the second forest genetic resources training

Forestry experts Riina Jalonen and David Boshier report from a very successful Second Regional Training Course on Forest Genetic Resources, held in...

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