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In December 2018, Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create an Alliance that delivers research-based solutions that harness agricultural biodiversity and sustainably transform food systems to improve people’s lives. 

Bioversity International and CIAT have complementary mandates with the potential for a high-impact, synergistic research-for-development agenda that can significantly inform and strengthen policies and actions to address the global challenges of poverty, malnutrition, climate change, land degradation and biodiversity loss.

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 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.


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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 announces appointment of new Director General

Juan Lucas Restrepo will join Bioversity International as Director General in March 2019, and will become CEO of the Alliance between Bioversity...

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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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Bioversity International and CIAT explore opportunities to tackle food system challenges together

The leadership of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) are exploring a stronger strategic partnership...

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