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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

Bioversity International at EXPO Milano 2015

EXPO Milano 2015 - Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life

Bioversity International will be participating in 15 events at EXPO Milano, and organizing its own women's empowerment event in September.

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More than 600 varieties of apples that grow in the Province of Turin, Italy, displayed at Terra Madre 2014. Photo from the Slow Food archive.

Celebrating food diversity at Terra Madre

Bioversity International research fellow Gennifer Meldrum reports from the Terra Madre - Salone Internazionale del Gusto held in Turin, Italy from 23...

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Judy Loo, Silje Trollstøl, Douglas McGuire and Sina Sibidou at COFO 22

Global Plan of Action for Forest Genetic Resources highlighted in events at FAO

Bioversity International scientists organized and participated in side events associated with two significant meetings at the Food and Agriculture...

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Fruit diversity in Mercado municipal, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Credit: jACK TWO/Flickr

Italy demonstrates leadership and support of sustainable agriculture through partnership with Bioversity International

The Government of Italy, through the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Directorate General for Development Cooperation (DGCS), has followed up a...

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Fruit diversity in Mercado municipal, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Credit: jACK TWO/Flickr

L’Italia sostiene l'agricoltura sostenibile attraverso una collaborazione con Bioversity International

L’Italia sostiene l'agricoltura sostenibile attraverso una collaborazione con Bioversity International Il Governo italiano, attraverso la Direzione...

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Annie Huie