Food Tank has put Bioversity International book Diversifying Food and Diets: Improving Agricultural Biodiversity to Improve Nutrition and Health on their spring reading list, which covers issues from climate change to food security.
This book, published and made open-access by Routledge/Earthscan and Bioversity International, highlights the importance of agricultural biodiversity and diversifying diets for improved health and nutritional value.
According to Food Tank, Diversifying Food and Diets: Improving Agricultural Biodiversity to Improve Nutrition and Health is a good guide for food policymakers and farmers alike, helping identify best practices, gaps in research and investment, and opportunities in preserving biodiversity.
Through Food Tank, its co-founders Danielle Nierenberg and Ellen Gustafson aim to create a network of connections and information to offer solutions and environmentally sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity and poverty.
Diversifying Food and Diets: Improving Agricultural Biodiversity to Improve Nutrition and Health is part of the Issues in agricultural biodiversity series which reviews the current state of knowledge on agricultural biodiversity, identify gaps, synthesize lessons learned and propose future research and development actions. Issues range from conservation biology of genetic resources through social sciences to policy and legal aspects.
There are 6 titles available in the series all free to download from the Bioversity International website:
- Diversifying Food and Diets
- Community Biodiversity Management
- Crop Genetic Resources as Global Commons
- Plant genetic resources and food security
- Crop Wild Relatives
- The Economics of Managing Crop Diversity On-farm
This research area contributes to the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) through understanding the contribution of a diverse diet to improve nutrition and health.
Photo: Floating market in Indonesia. Credit: Bioversity International/F. da la Cruz