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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

final stage of turning sap from the tree into yuro (flour), enough to feed her community for a week. All the materials, including the Pugahan trunk, used for the laborious production are naturally-sourced. Aranta is one of the few remaining Pugahan ritualists observing traditional ways in producing food. Credit: L. Astese

The sacredness of the Pugahan tree - an interview with one of the photo contest winners

Leonora Astete tells a story of agricultural rituals, describing in detail a very rare Filipino practice to produce flour from a tree’s sap.

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In Vietnam's climate-smart village of Ma in Yen Bai province, researchers and farmers discussed what tools they find most useful to tackle climate change. The tools will be whittled down and adapted for farmers to tackle the climate changes within their specific landscape. Credit: G.Smith/CIAT

Vietnamese farmers debate options in the face of a changing climate

Researchers from the Climate Change, Agricultural and Food Security Program – including Bioversity International scientists – and farmers in Ma...

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Research through theatre – using participatory methods to spark discussion and empower local communities

Marketing may be a difficult concept to explain to people who are involved in only some stages of the value chain. Theatre can be a useful tool to...

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Tanabe working on the banana sculpture. Credit: Bioversity International

In memory of Mitsuaki Tanabe

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mitsuaki Tanabe, renowned Japanese artist and conservationist who created two banana...

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Vice Chancellor of Universiti Putra Malaysia, Professor Mohd Fauzi Hj Ramlan, congratulates his former teacher Professor Chin on his 80th birthday

Half a century of pioneering seed conservation: an interview with Malaysian seed icon Professor Chin

Celebrating his 80th birthday, Dr Chin Hoong Fong, Bioversity International Honorary Fellow and iconic professor emeritus of Universiti Putra Malaysia...

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A bunch of GCTCV 219 banana, a variety resistant to Fusarium wilt Tropical Race 4. Credit: BAPNET

New disease-resistant banana variety accepted in Japanese market

In the Philippines, a banana variety resistant to Fusarium wilt is now being exported to the Japanese market, offering new income opportunities for...

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Research team joined by local Vietnamese guides go from village to village to collect baseline data. Credit: Bioversity International/J.Raneri

Improving dietary diversity and quality through systems innovation: a pilot study from Vietnam

In the third of her blog reports, Jessica Raneri explains some of the challenges in gathering baseline data in the Mai Son district in Son La...

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Coral washed up by the waves in Fiji. Credit: Bioversity International/D.Mijatovic

Linking local plans to the big picture - an experience from Fiji

How can we bring together the large-scale and the local scale? Read this experience of using resilience indicators in Fiji in a guest post by...

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Rice terraces in Nepal landscape. Credit: Bioversity International/J.Zucker

A snapshot of integrated landscape management in Asia

What works in integrated landscape management and what doesn’t? Bioversity researcher Chandni Singh gives us a snapshot from 166 landscape initiatives...

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Asia’s unique forest genetic resources supported in new APFORGEN strategy

In light of tomorrow's Global Landscapes Forum and Lima's climate talks, the Asia Pacific Forest Genetic Resources Programme (APFORGEN) has launched...

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