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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

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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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 –...

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Booth exhibit of MAURO FARMS - farm collaborator of Bioversity International with its NARS partners, DA-Bureau of Agricultural Research, Bureaau of Plant Industry and DA-REgion XI, displaying fruits of the Fusarium wilt resistan varieties GCTCV 218 and GCTCV 219. Credit: BAPNET

Tackling banana disease in the Philippines

Fusarium wilt management was a key topic at the Philippines Banana Congress held in Davao on 6-7 October 2016. Bioversity International’s Agustin...

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Photo: Seeds galore. Credit: Bioversity International/H. F. Chin

Bioversity International and Universiti Putra Malaysia renew unique bond

A Memorandum of Understanding signed between Bioversity International and Universiti Putra Malaysia celebrates the research partners’ 15-year...

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Farmers standing in front of the quinoa varieties that they had planted as part of the PACS scheme in Peru. Bioversity International/Adam G. Drucker

Learning from the Andeans and safeguarding crop diversity in mountain communities in China

International workshop brings authorities together to discuss how landscape approaches can be key for climate adaptation and poverty alleviation in...

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Coconut palm tree, Sri Lanka. Credit: Bioversity International/D.Martinez

Saving the Pacific’s coconuts

Government representatives from Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Samoa are meeting this week to launch a mission, coordinated by Bioversity International...

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Joining the diversity club – how village health workers in Vietnam are putting nutrition back on the menu

In the fifth of her blog reports from Vietnam, Jessica Raneri, Nutrition Programme Specialist, explains how Diversity Clubs in the Mai Son district in...

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Nepali farmers fight to save indigenous seeds

SciDev.Net interviews Bioversity International's Nepal-based Devendra Gauchan, agriculture economist and project manager, about the latest...

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Forests patches on the lower hills of the Himalayas, Nepal. Credit: Bioversity International/G. Meldrum

Making best use of Asia’s tree diversity

Working on landscape restoration, REDD+, tree improvement or conservation planning in Asia-Pacific? Take this survey and tell us what your training...

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Transporting bananas in Uganda. Credit: Bioversity International/N.Capozio

Scientists race to halt banana catastrophe

Scientists, including Bioversity International banana specialists, are scrambling to find a cure for a devastating fungus that threatens to wipe out...

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