Local foods pave the way… Updates on the BFN Project

The properties of many African leafy vegetables in Kenya remain unexplored. Photo: Bioversity/D.Hunter

Malnutrition continues to be a persistent challenge and solutions such as fortification and biofortification are widely promoted as cost effective solutions to global undernutrition problems. Partners of the Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition Project (BFN Project), however, continue reminding us that nature provides an abundance of wild and cultivated food species that can be used as an equally valid alternative for the promotion of good nutrition and health.

Framing Biodiversity and Health in the context of the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Biodiversity for Sustainable Development - Pyeongchang, Korea 2014

In the context of the Twelfth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research (PAR), represented by Dr Pablo Eyzaguirre, participated into a side-event jointly organized by the CBD Secretariat, the World Health Organization (WHO), Bioversity International and others to discuss thematic issues included in the advanced draft of the soon-to-be launched State of Knowledge Review on Biodiversity and Human Health

Nutrition Improved through Plant Breeding: results of an IDRC Project in Ethiopia

Female farmers discussing the importance of chickpea at Halaba, Ethiopia

Southern Ethiopian farmers have achieved a two-fold increase in chickpea productivity through enhanced soil health and improved crop varieties. At the same time, improved food processing, preparation methods and education programs have contributed to better nutrition, including through the incorporation of chickpeas into diets. These are the findings of the ‘Improving Nutrition in Ethiopia through […]

Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture for Food Security and Nutrition

Cover: Sustainable Fisheries and aquaculture for food security and nutrition

A report developed by a high level panel of experts to address a frequently overlooked but extremely important part of world food and nutrition security: the role and importance of fish in seeking food and nutrition security for all.

Home Gardening for Improved Livelihoods in Nepal: A Video About Home Gardens


The Home Garden project’s interventions have been highly successful in improving the nutritional status of families from poor and disadvantaged groups. Home gardens are also reducing economic vulnerability through income generated by sale of surplus products and reduced expenditure for vegetables, fruits and meat. This video highlights the overall achievements from the three phases of […]

Call for articles: Nutritional values and family farming

farming matters

The last issue of Farming Matters for 2014 will focus on how family farming and agroecology support the nutrition of family members and the wider community.