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Healthy diets from sustainable food systems

Understanding sustainable diets

Four open-access papers, three published in high-impact journals, further our understanding of how sustainable diets can provide food and nutrition security over time, taking into account environmental, social and cultural assets and constraints. Areas of research include looking at what we mean by ‘sustainable diets’, how to measure them and how to provide the best evidence for informed choices. Read more

Special issue of 'Sustainability' features neglected and underutilized species

The open-access journal Sustainability features three papers co-authored by Bioversity International scientists as part of a special issue on strengthening income opportunities and nutritional security through improved use and marketing of neglected and underutilized species. The special issue includes six open-access papers altogether, three co-authored by Bioversity International scientists. Read more

Productive and resilient farms and forests

Resilience toolkit - know the strengths and weaknesses of a landscape

How do we measure resilience? What is different about communities that are able to bounce back after a disaster? In partnership with the Satoyama Initiative, Bioversity International has developed a toolkit to help researchers, development practitioners and communities assess the landscapes they live in, understand the resilience of their system, and develop resilience-strengthening strategies. Read more

Genebank to genebank: technical guidelines for the safe movement of cacao

Exchanging cacao germplasm is essential for research, plant breeding and agricultural development, but brings with it the risk of pest and disease transfer. The CacaoNet Technical Guidelines for the Safe Movement of Cacao Germplasm provide information on the precautions and quarantine measures to minimize the risk of pest and disease spread when cacao genetic resources are being moved. Read more

Effective genetic resources conservation and use

Action needed to safeguard genetic diversity of the world's forests

The State of the World's Forest Genetic Resources report is a major step in building the knowledge base required for global action towards better conservation and sustainable management of the planet's precious forest genetic resources. Bioversity International worked closely with FAO and other partners to prepare this report which compiles information on forest genetic resources in 86 countries. Read more

Nobel laureate calls for urgent action to implement the Plant Treaty

Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz and the editors of Intellectual Property Rights said that it is urgent that the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture is fully implemented, endorsing the analysis of Bioversity International scientist Michael Halewood, in his chapter ‘International efforts to pool and conserve crop genetic resources in times of radical legal change’. Read more

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Our Vision and Mission

Our vision is that agricultural biodiversity nourishes people and sustains the planet.

Our mission is to deliver scientific evidence, management practices and policy options to use and safeguard agricultural and tree biodiversity to attain sustainable global food and nutrition security.