Bioversity International: research for development in agricultural and tree biodiversity

Committee on World Food Security 44

9-13 October 2017 | Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, Rome, Italy

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is the most inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to work together to ensure food security and nutrition for all. The Committee reports to the United Nations General Assembly through the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Conference.

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Bioversity International at CFS 44

Bioversity International will have an information stand at the CFS 44 Marketplace, held throughout the CFS event in the Atrium.  Come along to find out more about how agricultural biodiversity nourishes people and sustains the planet.

Side Event #18: Mainstreaming Agrobiodiversity in Sustainable Food Systems: Scientific Foundations for an Agrobiodiversity Index

In collaboration with Bioversity International, European Commission, International Cooperation and Development, Italy, Syngenta, United Nations Standing Committee on Nutrition.

11 October | 14:30-15:00 CET | Sheikh Zayed Centre, Atrium (ground floor)

This event is to launch a new book that showcases decades of evidence on how agrobiodiversity is essential for sustainable food systems, contributing to nutritious, healthy diets and sustainable, multifunctional landscapes. Mainstreaming Agrobiodiversity in Sustainable Food Systems: Scientific Foundations for an Agrobiodiversity Index, outlines the role of agrobiodiversity in four interconnected dimensions:

  • Diverse, healthy diets
  • Multiple benefits from sustainable farming systems
  • Seed systems delivering crop diversity for sustainable food systems
  • Conserving agrobiodiversity for use in sustainable food systems.

Light refreshments will be served just before the event.

Don't be late! A limited number of printed copies of the book will be distributed at the event, on a first come, first served basis.

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Side Event #44: Strengthening Smallholder Seed Enterprises for Food, Nutrition and Income Security

Side event in collaboration with Bioversity International with Self Help Africa, Irish Aid, FAO. 

13 October | 8:30-10:00 CET | Philippines Room (2nd floor, building C)

Making a business case for smallholder enterprise as a contributor to sustainable intensification of agriculture.

The importance of protecting traditional and underutilised varieties is well understood and has traditionally been addressed through seed banks and in situ conservation practices. 

This session will provide examples of commercially viable ventures by smallholder farmers in different contexts and for a wide variety of crops: commodity crops, nutritionally rich cops, and some you have never heard of before! ever, the commercial potential of seed production for these crops is far from being fully realised and has raised several issues over the ownership of the varieties.

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Side Event #92: Launch of the Global Programme on Fusarium Wilt

In collaboration with FAO, Bioversity International, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), World Banana Forum, Member countries from the regions.

13 October | 14:30-15:00 CET | Sheikh Zayed Centre, Atrium (ground floor)

Protecting banana production from global threats of Fusarium wilt disease.

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