Bioversity International: research for development in agricultural and tree biodiversity

South-east Asia

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 are working

Cambodia, China, Laos, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam

Meet the team

News from the South-east Asia region

27 Nov 2017

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 micronutrient-rich varieties, can improve the malnourishment prevalent in northwest Vietnam.

13 Nov 2017

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 in mitigating climate change.

25 Oct 2017

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 genetic resources conservation.

18 Oct 2017

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 Binzhou, China - a course aimed at equipping lecturers with basic knowledge on forest genetics.

17 Oct 2017

Filling two needs with one deed

An initiative with important potential boosts both nutrition and women empowerment through home gardening.

16 Jun 2017

Integrated Landscape Initiatives in South and Southeast Asia

Bioversity International scientists carry out a systematic assessment of characteristics and outcomes of Integrated Landscape Initiatives in South and Southeast Asia, addressing several challenges and suggestions for improvement.

09 Jun 2017

Going to the root of the problem with forest genetic resources training - Apply now

Teaching forestry at an Asian university or training institution? Apply now for the Second Regional Training on Forest Genetic Resources in China, 18-22 September, 2017.

18 Apr 2017

Integrated systems research for sustainable smallholder agriculture

A new publication details achievements and lessons learned from the Central Mekong, offering insights and recommendations that could support integrated agricultural systems research both in the Mekong and elsewhere.

23 Mar 2017

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 Policy Research Institute, and draws attention to the shift in the burden of malnutrition from rural areas to cities. 

01 Dec 2016

Our mission is a no-brainer, says incoming Board Chair Julia Marton-Lefèvre

We stopped to chat with two special guests of the first International Agrobiodiversity Congress in Delhi – Julia Marton-Lefèvre and Cristián Samper – incoming and outgoing Chairs of the Bioversity International Board of Trustees.

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