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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:

The Great Food Transformation

Launched today, the EAT-Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems sets out proposed global scientific targets to drive the...

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A global community seedbank platform

Genetic Resources Policy Specialist, Ronnie Vernooy, discusses how Bioversity International and partners tackle the need for greater connectivity...

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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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Field work during the MusaNet Regional Workshop on Musa Characterization and Documentation in Costa Rica. Credit: Bioversity International/M.Ruas

Sharing best practices for banana germplasm conservation and exchange

Latin American and Caribbean banana collection curators came together for the MusaNet Regional Workshop on Musa Characterization and Documentation

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Latest publications:

Research brief: Value chain and market potential of minor millets to strengthen climate resilience, nutrition security and incomes in India

This value chain analysis was completed by E.D. Israel Oliver King, G. Meldrum, N. Kumar, Lauridsen N., C. Manjula, S. Padulosi, M.N. Sivakumar, R....

Authors:
Israel Oliver King, E.D.; Meldrum, G.; Kumar, N.; Lauridsen, N.; Manjula, C.; Padulosi, S.; Sivakumar, M.N.; Baskar, R.; Madeshwaran, K.
Publication Year:
2018
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Using genomic sequence information to increase conservation and sustainable use of crop diversity and benefit-sharing

This article describes how CGIAR centers and partners are using genomic sequence information to promote the conservation and sustainable use of crop...

Authors:
Halewood, M.; Lopez Noriega, I.; Ellis, D.; Roa, C.; Rouard, M.; Hamilton, R. S.
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Are the old International Board for Plant Genetic Resources (IBPGR) base collections available through the Plant Treaty’s multilateral system of access and benefit sharing? A review

In 1975, the International Board for Plant Genetic Resources created the first internationally linked system of genebanks, known as the Registry of...

Authors:
Thormann, I.; Engels, J.; Halewood, M.
Publication Year:
2018
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