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Gearing up for the CGIAR Research Programs


Bioversity International is contributing to CGIAR research to improve the productivity, profitability, sustainability, and resilience of farming systems.


In 2012, Bioversity contributed to the CGIAR Research Program on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics, the CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems and the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems, with some specific research activities, such as:

  • Studies to look at: household nutrition, early childhood nutrition, seed sources and seed systems, household agricultural biodiversity use, role of local markets, agroecological intensification characterization and role of bananas and cocoa in household livelihood strategies.
  • Field evaluation of diverse varieties with farmers; providing farmers access to seed/planting material of local species, particularly vegetable and fruit species.
  • Baseline assessment of agricultural biodiversity in focus regions; a partnership programme with key stakeholders across all regional sites, for common learning and capacity strengthening.
  • Participation in scoping studies, research programme design and stakeholder consultation.
  • Identification and establishment of key partnerships in focus regions.



Photo: Scientist and farmers examining wheat varieties in Bihar, India - Credit: Bioversity International/T. Rastogi