More than 2 billion people depend on smallholder farms and about 1.4 billion people depend on forests for their livelihoods. Without the biological diversity of crops and trees, rural families struggle to adapt to changing climates and markets, and cannot meet their nutrition and livelihood needs. Rural communities manage and maintain these resources for immediate use. By doing so, they also adapt and improve them for the benefit of broader society and future generations.
Effective genetic resources conservation and use
This Bioversity International Initiative studies how to curb the loss of crop and tree biodiversity, and support systems that contribute to more diversity through:
This area of work encompasses the design of integrated conservation strategies at global and national scales for priority crop genetic resources, and the preparation of action plans to implement these strategies.
Our researchers gather evidence with farmers, breeders, seed producers, extension agents and natural resource managers about how seed systems function and how to ensure they deliver varieties and species with traits farmers need.
We research how policies affect the sharing and conservation of crop and tree diversity and identify incentives for farmers and natural resource managers to conserve, share and use genetic resources.
When it comes to the use of plant diversity, science is way ahead of policy. Bioversity International took part in a deep analysis of the difficulties, to guide policy regime changes that will strengthen access and benefit sharing.
Conserving plant genetic resources in farmers' fields so that they can evolve with changing conditions is often said to be a good thing, yet without very much evidence. A new study examines the case for in situ conservation, marshalls the evidence and raises important questions.
An updated global strategy launched by the International Coconut Genetic Resources Network/Bioversity International aims to advance research,...
A decision-making tool for countries to implement the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit Sharing
Many countries seek assistance in developing the necessary institutional, legal, policy and administrative mechanisms to implement the Plant Treaty’s...
Unsustainable extraction, changing land uses and climate threaten thousands of socio-economically valuable tree species across Asia. A new regional...
On the International Day of Biological Diversity, which in 2018 marks 25 years of action for biodiversity, our Director General, Ann Tutwiler is proud...
Bioversity International trabaja con una amplia gama de asociados internacionales y nacionales para aplicar el Tratado Internacional sobre los...
Genetic diversity of Ceiba pentandra in Colombian seasonally dry tropical forest: implications for conservation and management
Zonas geneticas de Lenga y Nire en Argentina y su aplicacion en la conservacion y manejo de los recusros forestales
Global-scale comparisons of human land use: developing shared terminology for land-use practices for global change
Fine-scale processes shape ecosystem service provision by an Amazonian hyperdominant tree species