Bioversity International: research for development in agricultural and tree biodiversity

28 Mar 2017

Obstacles to gender-smart fertilizer use hurt livelihoods, scientists say

Compiling gender-inclusive data could help scientists understand how to help improve nitrogen fertilizer application practices among smallholder farmers, according to a new research paper.

23 Mar 2017

Food and nutrition are moving to the city

Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Bioversity International, welcomes the 2017 Global Food Policy Report, published today by the International Food Policy Research Institute, and draws attention to the shift in the burden of malnutrition from rural areas to cities. 

23 Mar 2017

New scientific guidelines to assess biodiverse foods in dietary surveys

A new publication, Guidelines on Assessing Biodiverse Foods in Dietary Intake Surveys, will assist researchers and practitioners in generating more reliable data and implementing best practices related to assessing food biodiversity.

21 Mar 2017

What can social scientists do to better influence policy? Let's start with these ten tips.

Today's complex problems pose significant challenges to those making policy decisions. The work of social scientists can be crucial to understanding the human and social consequences of such decisions, yet little guidance exists to help them bring their influence to bear. CSIRO's Nadine ... read more

17 Mar 2017

Multi-sector inputs towards a solid Agrobiodiversity Index prototype

Last week company, country and investor representatives gathered to consult on the Agrobiodiversity Index – a tool to measure and manage agrobiodiversity across four dimensions: nutrition, production, seed systems and conservation.

15 Mar 2017

Banking on diversity and knowledge-sharing – the story of one of Uganda’s best farmers

One of the winners of Uganda’s National Best Farmers competition, Joy Mugisha is not only an invaluable source of agrobiodiversity knowledge for her community but a key research partner for Bioversity International and NARO.

15 Mar 2017

Working with farmers to fight crop disease

Livelihoods in East and Central Africa are seriously threatened by Banana Xanthomonas Wilt, a devastating disease causing up to 100% yield loss and severely damaging the livelihoods and food security of banana farming households across the region. In Uganda, with the help of the McKnight ... read more

08 Mar 2017

Celebrating change with positive gender and biodiversity outcomes

Following this year’s theme #BeBoldForChange, the 'Creating mutual benefits: examples of gender and biodiversity outcomes from Bioversity International’s research' case studies show how using a gender lens in research can lead to opportunities and benefits to both men and women. 

06 Mar 2017

Revealing the benefits of gender-responsive participatory research for sustainable forest management

The special issue of Forests, Trees and Livelihoods explores the prospect of gender-responsive participatory research on forests. The five contributing articles demonstrate that local ecological knowledge is neither homogeneously distributed within communities nor concentrated among ... read more

03 Mar 2017

Taking a 360 degree approach to sustainable intensification

Sustainable intensification is far more than just the latest food security buzzword. It is being widely postulated as a means to increase agricultural productivity whilst reducing the environmental impacts commonly associated with agricultural intensification. Authors of a new publication ... read more

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