Agricultural biodiversity is the foundation of agriculture. It provides vital options for future generations to attain sustainable global food and nutrition security.
The 2013 Bioversity International Annual Report presents the achievements of our work about how we consume, produce, plant and safeguard agricultural biodiversity. Some highlights include:
Consume. Our research on sustainable diets has provided increasing evidence of how food diversity can contribute to healthy diets and how whole food systems can provide people with access to safe, diverse, nutritious and healthy food.
Produce. We developed 20 resilience indicators to help measure the capacity of a community’s landscape to adapt to change while maintaining biodiversity. They also provide a tool for local communities to plan strategies to strengthen their resilience and increase sustainable production.
Plant. Our 'Seeds for Needs' initiative is now working with 8,000 farmers around the world, increasing their access to more information on a wider range of crops and varieties that can help them cope with climate variability.
Safeguard. Through our 'Genetic Resources Policy Initiative', Rwanda and Nepal have created legal mechanisms to participate in the multilateral system of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, under which countries pool and share the genetic diversity of a range of crops and forages for their sustainable use and conservation, subject to agreed benefit-sharing rules.
In 2013 we enriched our portfolio with new partnerships and received generous support from many funding partners, including strengthened relationships with Italy and India. We launched the 'Bridging Agriculture and Conservation Initiative' that brings together thought leaders and global experts, including the UN Environment Programme and the Convention on Biological Diversity, amongst others. The initiative will develop policy and management options to sustainably feed a growing population while ensuring ecosystem function and long-term conservation of biodiversity within agricultural landscapes.
The report also presents information about our Board of Trustees, our funding partners, research partners and 2013 scientific publications.