Find out more about what agricultural biodiversity is and why it matters
The Bioversity International Musa Transit Centre is the world’s largest banana genebank. Hosted at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, it contributes to the secure long-term conservation of the entire banana genepool and holds the collection in trust for the benefit of future generations under the auspices of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN.
By working directly with communities through a variety of approaches, Bioversity International’s research draws upon both scientific and traditional knowledge to promote ways of using seasonally available foods to prepare nutritious meals. The film features participants of cooking groups in the Barotse Floodplain, Zambia, who share how cooking together, exchanging recipes and developing cook books and seasonal food calendars has helped them to learn how to prepare more nutritious family meals using locally available seasonal ingredients.
Bioversity International coordinates a Gender Research Fellowship Programme to study differences in women’s and men's knowledge of trees and forests, access to forest resources, and tree management practices.
Bioversity International's Seeds for Needs initiative works with farmers to research how agricultural biodiversity can help minimize the risks associated with climate change. The project is active in East Africa, Central America, South Asia and the Pacific, and is part of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security.