What Is the ‘Using Agrobiodiversity to control Pests and Diseases Project’ About?

The ‘Using Agrobiodiversity to control pests and diseases project’ is under the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research. The Platform’s first Stakeholder Meeting, which took place in Rome, Italy in May 2006, identified agrobiodiversity and climate change as the priority areas the Platform should be working on. With support from Bioversity International,  UNEP-GEF and SDC, the Platform was able to start this project of using Agrobiodiversity to control pests and diseases in 2008 entitled:“Conservation and use of crop genetic diversity to control pests and diseases in support of sustainable agriculture”

The project first phase ran for three years and aimed at:  reducing crop vulnerability to pest and disease attacks through increased use of genetic diversity on-farm by resource poor rural populations’ increasing  food security, conserving genetic diversity and improving ecosystem health through reduced use of pesticides and other chemicals in controlling pests and diseases. Due to the long-term nature of these impacts, they could not be realized fully in three years therefore more support was gotten from IFAD for a second phase entitled, “Improving productivity and resilience for the rural poor through enhanced use of crop varietal diversity in integrated production and pest management (IPPM)”. The phase will run for three years having started in October 2012 where further consolidation and scaling up of the impacts from the first phase, is to be done.

This website is of major importance to the project, as this is the place where all who are interested; find an opportunity to interact and discuss about the project, find and share information on other related projects about using agro biodiversity  to cope with crop pests and diseases pressure and to check out news and events on the topic.

  First Phase Project Summary

We invite all who are interested to join us to make the project a success.

 Who we are:

Dr. Devra I. Jarvis (Global Project Director)
Bioversity International
Via dei Tre Denari 472/a
00057 Maccarese, Rome, Italy

Dr. Carlo Fadda
Bioversity International
Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Office
P.O. Box 30677
United Nations Avenue
00100 Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya

Ms. Paola De Santis
Bioversity International
Via dei Tre Denari 472/a
00057 Maccarese, Rome, Italy

Ms. Rose Nankya
Bioversity International
Uganda office
Box 24384, Kampala