Bioversity International's Director General M. Ann Tutwiler visited the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) campus in Cali, Colombia, late last month to meet with CIAT Director General, Ruben Echeverría, and Barbara Wells, Director General of the International Potato Center (CIP) to discuss areas of further collaboration between the three centers.
The three centers have already benefitted from areas of joint work: CIAT's role as lead of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has made it a critical partner in Bioversity International's flagship 'Seeds for Needs' initiative, which works with over 8000 farmers in 11 countries to identify crop varieties and species better suited to current and future climatic conditions. Similarly, Bioversity International researchers have recently joined forces with CIP to develop a global network of root, tuber and banana in situ conservation monitoring, exploring conservation trends and their impact on farmer livelihoods.
The three DGs visited the Genetic Resources Program, the Biotechnology Platform of the Agrobiodiversity Research Area, and the Decision and Policy Analysis Research Area to learn more about CIAT's ongoing activities and areas for potential collaboration. In addition, CIAT and Bioversity International renewed their Hosting Agreement, whereby Bioversity International’s regional office for the Americas sits at CIAT headquarters.
Photo: CIP and Bioversity International Directors General visit CIAT. Credit: CIAT