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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

Partners

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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News:

Injecting diversity to bolster immunity to climate change and food insecurity

Bioversity International’s Senior Scientist Stefano Padulosi and Principal Economist Adam Drucker report on the success of the first edition of...

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How to develop and manage your own community seedbank

Ronnie Vernooy, Genetic Resources Policy Specialist, Bioversity International, reports on a new handbook for farmers who want to establish or...

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Professor Chin. Credit: Universiti Putra Malaysia

The legacy of a life devoted to seed conservation

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Professor Chin Hoong Fong earlier this month. Professor Chin is a former Member of the Board...

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Forest fact or fiction

Last Wednesday marked the seventh International Day of Forests, an occasion to celebrate our forests and raise awareness of the many issues our trees...

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Latest publications:

Potential implications of the use of digital sequence information on genetic resources for the three objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity

A submission from CGIAR to the Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Authors:
Halewood, M.; Lopez Noriega, I.; Ellis, D.; Roa, C.; Rouard, M.; Sackville Hamilton, R.
Publication Year:
2017
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Posibles repercusiones del uso de la informacion digital sobre secuencias de recursos geneticos para los tres objetivos del Convenio sobre la Diversidad Biologica

Informe del CGIAR presentado ante la Secretaría del Convenio sobre la Diversidad Biológica

Authors:
Halewood, M.; Lopez Noriega, I.; Ellis, D.; Roa, C.; Rouard, M.; Sackville Hamilton, R.
Publication Year:
2017
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Implications potentielles de l’utilisation de l’information genetique numerique  sur les ressources genetiques sur les trois objectifs de la Convention sur la diversite biologique

Document soumis par le CGIAR au Secretariat de la Convention sur la diversite biologique

Authors:
Halewood, M.; Lopez Noriega, I.; Ellis, D.; Roa, C.; Rouard, M.; Sackville Hamilton, R.
Publication Year:
2017
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