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.
Latin American and Caribbean banana collection curators came together for the MusaNet Regional Workshop on Musa Characterization and Documentation
A new paper sets out to determine if crop-specific research investments can be prioritized to anticipate climate change impact on crops and enable the...
A Course in Nepal on Plant Genetic Resources and Resilient Seed Systems for Sustainable Food Security
Francesca Grazioli, Research Support Officer for the Cacao Genetic Resources Team, Bioversity International, reports on a training on securing...
This guideline focuses on CBM of forest biodiversity – the diversity of species and their genetic resources that form the basis of growth,...
Income growth and climate change effects on global nutrition security to mid-century
Trade and the equitability of global food nutrient distribution
Leveraging neglected and underutilized plant, fungi, and animal species for more nutrition sensitive and sustainable food systems
Crop variety management for climate adaptation supported by citizen science