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To feed nine billion people by 2050, food availability needs to expand another 60% globally and up to 100% in developing countries. Continued investments in research on staple grains are essential as these crops will continue to provide a large share of global calories, but complementary approaches are needed to meet new global challenges:

  • Reduce global malnutrition
  • Adapt to climate change
  • Increase productivity and reduce risk
  • Address shrinking food diversity

Using and safeguarding agricultural and tree biodiversity can help meet these challenges.

Farm households and rural communities have long since used agricultural and tree biodiversity to diversify their diets, and to manage pests, diseases and weather-related stress. In the past however, policymakers and researchers considered these approaches economically uncompetitive.

More recently, scientific evidence has demonstrated that agricultural and tree biodiversity, used in combination with novel technologies and approaches, has much to offer in addressing these challenges.  It is also being increasingly recognized as a tool to achieve the global sustainable development goals.

Bioversity International Initiatives


We work with partners in low-income countries in different regions where agricultural and tree biodiversity can contribute to improved nutrition, resilience, productivity and climate change adaptation.

We are also a member of the CGIAR Consortium, a global partnership for a food-secure future. 

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Deputy Director General - Research
Stephan Weise

Who we are

Bioversity International's vision is that agricultural biodiversity nourishes people and sustains the planet.

Our mission is to deliver scientific evidence, management practices and policy options to use and safeguard agricultural and tree biodiversity to attain sustainable global food and nutrition security.

Our research portfolio

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Colourful display of fruits on sale at traditional market in Indonesia. Credit: Bioversity International/F. De La Cruz

Agricultural biodiversity matters

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Women prepare lunch in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Credit: CIFOR/Augusta

Understanding gender norms and innovation processes to foster gender-equitable opportunities in forest landscapes

Gender researchers present findings from Indonesia and Kyrgyzstan that shed light on how gender norms shape, and are influenced by, forest and...

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A global strategy for the conservation and use of coconut genetic resources

An updated global strategy launched by the International Coconut Genetic Resources Network/Bioversity International aims to advance research,...

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Finger millet is one of the crops covered under the Plant Treaty’s Multilateral System for Access and Benefit Sharing. Credit: Bioversity International/Y.Wachira

A decision-making tool for countries to implement the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit Sharing

Many countries seek assistance in developing the necessary institutional, legal, policy and administrative mechanisms to implement the Plant Treaty’s...

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To conserve biodiversity, conserve agricultural biodiversity

In her latest blog, Ann Tutwiler, Director General of Bioversity International, explains why she is proud to be an International Ambassador for the...

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Latest publications:

A global strategy for the conservation and use of coconut genetic resources 2018-2028

This strategy came from extensive worldwide consultations, with support from Bioversity International, CIRAD, CRFP-FTA and ACIAR/DFAT, and outlines...

Bourdeix, R.; Prades, A. (comp.)
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施氮及豆⁃禾混播对草地群落及土壤呼吸的影响 [Impacts of nitrogen application and legume-grass mixed planting on grassland community and soil respiration]

Legume-grass mixed planting is an important way to improve conservation and use efficiency of water and soil resources, restore degraded land, and...

Tang, Xue-juan; Xu, Li-jun; Pang, Huan-cheng; Yang, Yunhui; Wang, Di; Li, Da; Bai, Keyu
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Mise en œuvre concertee et solidaire du Protocole de Nagoya et du Traite international sur les ressources phytogenetiques: scenarios a considerer par les points focaux nationaux  et autres parties prenantes interessees

Bioversity International works with a wide range of international and national partners to implement the International Treaty on Plant Genetic...

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