October 4, 2013

A New Paradigm: Biodiversity as the Foundation of Agriculture

At the end of July, Bioversity International and 16 other leading organizations in agriculture, development, and conservation launched a global partnership to strengthen the connections between biodiversity and agricultural production and to shape the impending Sustainable Development Goals. The initiative builds on Bioversity’s focus on agricultural biodiversity – ...
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May 22, 2013

Preventing Cardiac Arrest for Cambodia’s Heart

by Fabrice DeClerck (Bioversity International), Mam Kosal, and Gareth Johnstone (World Fish Centre), with contributions from Andrew Noble, Debbie Bossio, Michael Victor, and Camilla Zanzanaini Water is essential to life on this planet, and more specifically to agriculture and healthy ecosystems. This year has been designated as the UN International Year of Water Cooperation, wh ...
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December 11, 2012

Modeling for Agrobiodiversity

Yesterday was Terra Madre Day, which celebrates local food traditions and agrobiodiversity. Today, the Landscapes Blog explores an example of this in practices. Landscapes Initiative Co-Organizer, Bioversity International discusses new research on how to support farmers and local institutions in the conservation and use of traditional agricultural biodiversity. The framework pr ...
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November 27, 2012

Seeds for a Changing Climate

Yesterday launched the first day of the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP18) for the UNFCCC. Already, references to agriculture have been made  at the Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA), with adaptation  needs carrying considerable weight especially in developing countries. Adaptation is also the topic of today’s blog post from Bioversity In ...
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October 17, 2012

Why the world needs sustainable diets, and research about them

Diet plays a critical role not only in food and nutrition security, but also influencing the path of agricultural development. With the Convention on Biological Diversity well underway and the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) meeting progressing this week, the relevance of agrobiodiversity remains an important topic of discussion with regards to diet and […] ...
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September 13, 2012

Bringing Conservation and Agriculture Together

Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative Co-Organizer, Bioversity International has been participating in the  IUCN World Conservation Congress,  in Korea. Emile Frison, Director General, Bioversity International participated in the session: ‘From Competition to Collaboration between Agriculture and Conservation. In a blog post originally on the Bioversity ...
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July 18, 2012

Tropical Fruit Trees and Climate Change

Yesterday the Landscapes Blog explored how cocoa production in Ghana is shifting toward a more sustainable system. Expanding to other tropical tree crops, today marks the launch of a new book – Tropical Tree Fruit Species and Climate Change. Trees are an important component in integrated agricultural landscapes, contributing to wildlife habitat, shade provision, soil fer ...
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June 20, 2012

Agencies for a Food Secure Future

Yesterday, the Rome-based United Nations agencies – Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Programme (WFP), and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) – along with the CGIAR’s Bioversity International held an event on ‘Aiming for a Food Secure Future.’ This event served to engage stakeholders in a dialogue on steps ...
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May 7, 2012

An Agrobiodiverse Road to Rio

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) Rio+20 takes place in less than two months, the 20-22 of June, in order to forge a future with reduced poverty, improved social equity, and enhanced environmental protection. With agriculture forming the basis of many developing countries, it will likely play an important role in the upcoming […] ...
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April 6, 2012

A Voice from the Volcanica Central Talamanca Biological Corridor

Fabrice DeClerck, Senior Scientist Agrobiodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Resilience Bioversity International, Rome, Italy 5:00 A.M. Soon the sun will be up, and here in Costa Rica it’s like flipping on the light switch – one moment its dark, the next its full sun. I roll out of bed to throw on some field clothes, turn […] ...
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