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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.

Mainstreaming agrobiodiversity in sustainable food systems

“We will not be able to achieve Zero Hunger as well as many other interconnected Sustainable Development Goals unless agrobiodiversity is seriously taken on board. Why? Because it is crystal clear that agriculture in the last century has been very costly to human and environmental health, especially in terms of land degradation and loss of biodiversity.”

Pierfrancesco Sacco, Italian permanent representative to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)  speaking at the launch of our new book in September 2017.

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News about our collaboration with Italy

02 Nov 2017

How Transformative Agrobiodiversity Innovations help advance the G7’s agenda on agricultural development

As Italy’s G7 Presidential Agenda draws to a close, Bioversity International’s Private Sector Engagement Coordinator, Gianpiero Menza, reports on what the outcomes mean for mainstreaming agricultural biodiversity.

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

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