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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

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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Presenting group work during workshop in Lao. Credit: Bioversity International/R.Vernooy

Crop diversification strategies for Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam

Bioversity International scientist Ronnie Vernooy and national partner V. Vongkhamsao share some of the discussions at a recent workshop on crop...

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Seeds for Needs – Papua New Guinea. Images by Bioversity International/P.Quek

Seeds for Needs – Papua New Guinea

As a tribute to the International Year of Family Farming, we would like to present a publication on agriculture in Papua New Guinea through which...

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Agustin Molina, on behalf of Bioversity International, receives an award from DA-BAR, the Philippines Department of Agriculture - Bureau of Agricultural Research. Credit: Bioversity International/V. Sinohin

Bioversity International banana work in the Philippines highlighted by key national partner

Bioversity International received a recognition award from one of our key national partners in the Philippines, the Department of Agriculture - Bureau...

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Malaysian dipterocarp forest. Credit: Bioversity International/R.Jalonen

To sustain timber yields in Asian forests genetic issues must be addressed

Forestry experts at Bioversity International and the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia call attention to the impacts of logging on the genetic...

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Wild foods: a food security strategy that's hard to swallow?

Bioversity International's Barbara Vinceti joins Bronwen Powell and Eva Muller in a discussion on the importance of wild foods for the food and...

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