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Sustainable use of agricultural biodiversity can improve people’s well-being and food and nutrition security. This series of books aims to review the current state of knowledge on agricultural biodiversity, identify gaps, synthesize lessons learned and propose future research and development actions. Issues range from conservation biology of genetic resources through social sciences to policy and legal aspects.

The books are of interest to anyone working in biodiversity research, education, communication, information management and knowledge sharing. This series is published by Earthscan/Routledge in association with Bioversity International and all the books are available to download free from the Bioversity International website nine months after publication.

Titles available to download for free:

Farmers and Plant Breeding - Current Approaches and Perspectives

This book presents the history of, and current approaches to, farmer-breeder collaboration in plant breeding, situating this work in the context of sustainable food systems, as well as national and international policy and law regimes.


Tropical Fruit Tree Diversity - Good Practices for In Situ and On-Farm Management

Farmers have developed a range of agricultural practices to sustainably use and maintain a wide diversity of crop species in many parts of the world. This book documents good practices innovated by farmers and collects key reviews on good practices from global experts. 


Farmers' Crop Varieties and Farmers' Rights

This book addresses the complexities of defining what farmers’ varieties are and how they differ from one another and from other varieties. It charts the evolution of the ‘farmers’ rights’ concept, and examines the policy challenges linked to the absence of fixed taxonomic or legal definitions of farmers’ varieties.


Community Seed Banks: Origins, Evolution and Prospects

Community seed banks first appeared towards the end of the 1980s, established with the support of international and national non-governmental organizations. This book is the first to provide a global review of their development and includes a wide range of case studies.

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Diversifying Food and Diets

This book explores the current state of knowledge on the role of agricultural biodiversity in improving nutrition and food security, and identifies research and implementation gaps that need to be addressed to promote the better use of agricultural biodiversity in food-based approaches that tackle malnutrition and food security.


Community Biodiversity Management

The conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in the environments where this diversity originated or is being used, are issues which are high on the policy agenda. This book is the first to set out a clear overview of community biodiversity management as an approach to meet social, economic and environmental change.


Crop Genetic Resources as Global Commons

As crops have moved around the world, and agricultural innovation and production systems have expanded, so too has the scope and coverage of shared pools of plant genetic resources. This book addresses how the collective pooling and management of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture can be supported through laws regulating access to genetic resources and  benefit-sharing. It focuses in particular on the extent to which the international Plant Treaty supports the continued evolution of the global crop commons.


Plant genetic resources and food security

The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture is a pivotal piece of recent legislation, providing a route map for the use of such resources for sustainable agriculture and food security. This book explains clearly the different interests and views at stake among all players in the global food chain. Published with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and Bioversity International.


Crop Wild Relatives

Crop Wild Relatives: A Manual of In situ Conservation captures the important experiences of countries participating in this work - Armenia, Bolivia, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan - and provides practical, relevant information and guidance for the scaling-up of actions targeting CWR conservation around the world.


The Economics of Managing Crop Diversity On-farm

The purpose of The Economics of Managing Crop Diversity On-farm: Case Studies from the Genetic Resources Policy Initiative is to assess a variety of economic issues as they relate to agricultural biodiversity and show how addressing these issues can assist in agricultural biodiversity policymaking.


Farmers and Plant Breeding

This book presents the history of, and current approaches to, farmer-breeder collaboration in plant breeding, situating this work in the context of sustainable food systems, as well as national and international policy and law regimes.

To order the book, please visit the publisher website. Please note that the book will be available free to download from the Bioversity International website in August 2019.

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Contact series editors:

Michael Halewood

Danny Hunter