The blog highlights the main issues discussed in Chapter 3 of 'Mainstreaming Agrobiodiversity in Sustainable Food Systems', a new Bioversity International book that provides solid evidence that investments in agricultural biodiversity play a critical yet overlooked role in tackling global targets such as reducing poverty and malnutrition, reversing environmental degradation and combatting climate change. The book was presented on 11 October 2017 at the 44th Committee on World Food Security in Rome, Italy.
Global biodiversity is vast! An online search for ‘biodiversity’ delivers over 60 million results. Estimates of total numbers of species range from a few million to 1 trillion! There are about 400,000 plant species, not to mention an estimated 1.1 million beetles, 600,000 arachnids and 200,000 molluscs. There is evidently a lot of biodiversity about, but what does it actually do? More to the point, what does it do for us?