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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 January 2020, the Alliance will operate under the leadership of Juan Lucas Restrepo, Director General and under one Board of Trustees to deliver the new Strategy for Accelerated Change.

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

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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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