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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

Indian farmer. Credit: Bioversity International/C. Zanzanaini

Italy supports Bioversity International’s on-farm conservation research

With additional generous support from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Development Cooperation, Bioversity International has received a boost...

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Isaac Tembo (left), Timalizge Munthalie (right), Malawi at the Nutrition and Sustainability seminar hosted at FAO headquartersin the context of the preparation of the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2).©FAO/Annibale Greco

Improved nutrition is vital for food security and sustainable development, say world experts

University students from Malawi brought messages of hope and action during the Nutrition and Sustainability Seminar on 12 November, one day ahead of a...

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Annie Huie