• Bioversity International farmer- researcher field trials mark success at different levels

    Bioversity International farmer- researcher field trials mark success at different levels

    March 31st, 2014 | Bioversity Headquarters, Featured, News

    Worldwide, an estimated 10-16% of global harvests are lost each year due to crop pests and diseases that attack farmers’ fields (Strange & Scott, 2005; Oerke, 2006). Pests and diseases not only affect farmers’ family food baskets and income, but they also affect how much food is available on global markets. Ironically, one solution to that loss can […]

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  • How agricultural biodiversity can help prevent food loss – A focus for World Food Day

    How agricultural biodiversity can help prevent food loss - A focus for World Food Day

    October 18th, 2013 | Bioversity Headquarters, Featured

    Yesterday, as part of celebrations for World Food Day, I spoke at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) about how we can reduce food waste and loss in developing countries. Last year at the Rio Summit, the UN Secretary General announced the Zero Hunger Challenge. One of the five targets is zero […]

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  • New Book “Managing Water and Agroecosystems for Food Security”

    New Book “Managing Water and Agroecosystems for Food Security”

    September 6th, 2013 | Bioversity Headquarters, Featured, Publications

    While scientific literature has dealt extensively with the relationship between diversity and ecosystem services in natural ecosystems, the relationship between biodiversity and agricultural ecosystems remains under-researched. Agricultural ecosystems are particularly intertwined with ecosystem services, known as regulating and supporting services. Regulating services provide improved water quality, pollination efficiency, and decrease the vulnerability of an agroecosystem to pests, diseases and natural hazards such as floods and droughts. Supporting services include hydrological cycling, soil nutrient cycling, and soil formation.

    This new book gives examples to show how crop, trees and livestock diversity can directly effect ecosystem functions. Diverse plants varieties and animal breeds provide both an increased number of functional traits, and facilitate positive interactions among species, breeds, varieties and key ecosystem services.

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  • Damage, Diversity and Genetic Vulnerability

    Damage, Diversity and Genetic Vulnerability

    June 6th, 2013 | Featured, Publications

    report proceedingsIn 2002, a team of international and national partners from China, Ecuador, Morocco and Uganda, Bioversity International, FAO and faculty from Universities in the USA, Australia, and Europe came together to discuss ideas on how traditional and modern crop varietal diversity could be used within crop production and pest management strategies to reduce current […]

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  • Managing Biodiversity in Agricultural Ecosystems

    Managing Biodiversity in Agricultural Ecosystems

    March 23rd, 2013 | Bioversity Headquarters, Featured, Publications

     Published in more than three other languages and growing, Managing Biodiversity in Agricultural Ecosystems takes a look at how farmers manage, maintain, and benefit from biodiversity in agricultural production systems. The volume includes the most recent research and developments in the maintenance of local diversity at the genetic, species, and ecosystem levels. Chapters cover the […]

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