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The challenge

People benefit from ecosystems in many ways, these are known as ecosystem services. In agriculture, these services include pollination, the provision of clean water, natural pest and disease control, nutrient cycling and more. 

Yet despite the importance of ecosystem services to farming communities, markets, policies and research often focus on specialization and economies of scale where biodiversity is seen as an impediment to crop productivity and farm income. 

Solution

Bioversity International researches how agricultural biodiversity can improve the provision of ecosystem services to create productive and resilient agricultural ecosystems.

We work at both the genetic, farm and landscape scale to develop solutions with multiple stakeholders by encouraging dialogue and the use of traditional and scientific knowledge systems.

Thematic areas

Pest & disease management

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Landscapes

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Integrating wild & agrobiodiversity conservation

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Examples of how wild and agricultural biodiversity contribute to ecosystem service categories (TEEB)


Untold Tale of the Tepary

This holiday season, Bioversity International tells the story of the nutritious and resilient, yet small and underutilized tepary bean, and the...

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Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Production Landscapes

The recently released 'Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Production Landscapes' features Bioversity International's contributions to supporting...

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Rice varieties from the plains of the Terai regions in Nepal. Credit: Bioversity International/B. Sthapit

Testing farmers evolutionary plant breeding strategies for coping with climate change

Bioversity International and IFAD are pleased to announce an IFAD grant of $3.5 million and national co-funding of $2.1 million, on the use of genetic...

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Searching for pathways towards equitable and sustainable reservoir management

Bioversity International and partners work closely with local communities in Burkina Faso to tackle the dry season water constraints by supporting...

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Farmers on a Sri Lankan farm where crop rotations of chilli, rice and other crops are practised, here harvesting chilli peppers. Credit: Bioversity International/S.Landersz

What has agricultural biodiversity ever done for us?

Bioversity International scientist Simon Attwood explains how the use of agricultural biodiversity can make our diets healthier, and agriculture more...

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