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Today’s global challenges of poverty, malnutrition, climate change, land degradation, and biodiversity loss call for new research, solutions, innovations, and stronger partnerships that can deliver higher impact. To respond to these challenges, and building on their complementary mandates and long collaboration, Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) have joined forces to create an Alliance.

The Alliance delivers research-based solutions that harness agricultural biodiversity and sustainably transform food systems to improve people’s lives.

To do so, the Alliance works with local, national and multinational partners across Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Africa, and with the public and private sectors. With partners, the Alliance generates evidence and mainstreams innovations in large-scale programmes to create food systems and landscapes that sustain the planet, drive prosperity and nourish people.

In November 2018, Bioversity International and  CIAT signed a Memorandum of Understanding that established the foundations of the Alliance, which will have one Strategy and Results Framework, one Business Plan, one Board, one Director General and one Senior Management Team. In March 2019, Juan Lucas Restrepo was appointed as Director General to Bioversity International, and CEO of the Alliance from January 2020, with a joint Board of Trustees.

The Alliance is part of CGIAR, the world’s largest agricultural research and innovation partnership for a food-secure future dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources.

The Alliance will:

  • Create significant synergies leading to greater impact
  • Meet growing demand from partners and governments for science-based solutions at scale
  • Increase our capacity to address emerging issues
  • Create a strong presence on the ground

The Alliance solutions will support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, Aichi Biodiversity Targets, Paris Agreement, and Bonn Challenge, among other international initiatives.

 

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Going against nature

In his latest blog, Juan Lucas Restrepo talks about the importance of identifying collective solutions to diversify our agriculture and thus fight...

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The detection tool is built in a mobile app called Tumaini – which means 'hope' in Swahili – and is designed to help smallholder banana growers quickly detect a disease or pest and prevent a wide outbreak from happening. Credit: CIAT

Artificial intelligence helps banana growers protect the world’s favourite fruit

Using artificial intelligence, scientists created an easy-to-use tool to detect banana pests and diseases. With an average 90% success rate in...

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Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health

On the International Day for Biological Diversity, Juan Lucas Restrepo, Director General of Bioversity International, reflects on the importance of...

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Bioversity International and CIAT implement a roadmap to make the Alliance operative

Communiqué n.6 – Bioversity International and CIAT advance in establishing an Alliance to deliver research-based solutions to the biggest challenges...

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Bioversity International and CIAT sign Memorandum of Understanding that establishes the Alliance foundations

Communiqué n. 5 – Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) continue to make progress toward the...

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Bioversity International and CIAT continue to make exciting progress in establishing an Alliance

Communiqué n.4 – Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) advance in defining the vision, mission and...

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Bioversity International and CIAT advance in building an Alliance

Communiqué n.3 - Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) advance in building an Alliance for...

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Bioversity International and CIAT to establish an Alliance

Communiqué n.2 - Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) intend to establish an Alliance to build...

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Bioversity International e CIAT si impegnano a creare un'Alleanza

Comunicato n.2 - Bioversity International e il Centro Internazionale di Agricoltura Tropicale (CIAT) intendono creare un'Alleanza per costruire...

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Bioversity International et CIAT confirment leur engagement à former une Alliance

Communiqué n.2 – Bioversity International et le Centre International pour l’Agriculture Tropicale (CIAT) souhaitent s’associer dans une Alliance pour...

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