Bioversity International: research for development in agricultural and tree biodiversity

Bioversity International and Italy

Bioversity International and Italy

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Bioversity International has a special relationship with the Government of Italy, as host country to the organization’s headquarters. Italy provides generous financial support to Bioversity International’s agenda, both at an institutional as well as project level, also including the assignment of crucial human resource capacity in the form of talented Junior Professional Officers.

Our fruitful partnership with the Italian Development Cooperation expands to policy dialogue, knowledge exchange and joint delivery, and field cooperation across several priority areas, including sustainable rural development, resilient food systems and nutritional security, gender, and climate change adaptation.


Raising awareness of the importance of agricultural biodiversity and women's empowerment

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Bioversity International’s campaign for Expo Milano 2015 was organized in close collaboration with the D.G. for Development Cooperation of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, particularly around three events:

Always in the framework of Expo, Bioversity International also contributed to two key legacy documents, namely the Milan Charter and the Urban Food Policy Pact

Developing effective strategies for crop wild relatives conservation and sustainable use

Crop Wild Relatives

In 2013, the D.G. for Development Cooperation of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation funded our research to enable effective in situ conservation and use strategies of targeted crop wild relatives. These plant varieties are increasingly threatened by changes in land use patterns. The aim of the project was to develop methodologies for prioritizing which species to conserve in situ, and to study how to conserve them successfully in the context of climate change and growing population.

Together with our partners, we have established long-term sites in order to measure existing numbers of wild relatives, understand future trends and identify smart ways to find useful adaptive traits of these crops. These traits — such as drought tolerance — are crucial for breeding new generations of crops to feed the growing world population.

Find out more about our work on crop wild relatives
Download the book: Crop Wild Relatives - A manual of in situ conservation

Bioversity International also has a large array of Italian partners including national and sub-national governments, universities and research institutes, private companies and NGOs.

Visit the Italian Development Cooperation's website

News about our collaboration with Italy

22 May 2017

Use it or lose it – why we should take a stand for agricultural biodiversity

On the International Day for Biological Diversity, Ann Tutwiler passes the baton to Pietro Sebastiani, Director General for Development Cooperation, Italy. He explains why agrobiodiversity is the foundation of our food systems, how it contributes greatly to Italy's economy and makes it one ... read more

22 May 2017

Se non la usi la perdi! Ecco perché dobbiamo sostenere la biodiversità agricola

In occasione della Giornata Mondiale per la Diversità Biologica, Ann Tutwiler passa il testimone del suo blog a Pietro Sebastiani, Direttore Generale per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo in Italia. Sebastiani spiega perché l'agrobiodiversità è alla base dei sistemi alimentari, in che modo ... read more

25 Aug 2016

Italy renews support to use and safeguard agricultural biodiversity to nourish people and sustain the planet

In July 2016, the Italian Parliament ratified the hosting agreement between the Government of Italy and Bioversity International, reinforcing their long-standing partnership to advance research activities for global food and nutrition security.

17 May 2016

Carlo Scarpa Prize awarded to the wild apple forests of the Tien Shan

Last weekend, Bioversity International's Director General Ann Tutwiler spoke at the Benetton Foundation's annual International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens award ceremony. This year's award went to the wild apple forests of the Tien Shan, the woodlands that stretch from western China ... read more

22 Oct 2015

Women from four corners of the globe share stories of food and empowerment in Milan

Five custodian farmers from Bolivia, India, Italy and Mali and numerous partners came to Bioversity International's co-organized event to voice their opinions and tell stories of women's empowerment through the use and marketing of agricultural biodiversity.