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Bioversity International is a global research-for-development organization. We have a vision – that agricultural biodiversity nourishes people and sustains the planet.

We deliver scientific evidence, management practices and policy options to use and safeguard agricultural and tree biodiversity to attain sustainable global food and nutrition security.

We work with partners in low-income countries in different regions where agricultural and tree biodiversity can contribute to improved nutrition, resilience, productivity and climate change adaptation.

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Documents et rapports de conférence
décembre, 2016
Mozambique

Mozambique's Niassa Reserve contains Africa's best preserved miombo woodlands. Half of the households there gather wild honey from natural hives for consumption and income. However, most collectors used destructive techniques: setting fire to the grasses under the hive tree to create smoke and then felling the tree. Cutting trees to obtain honey was the principal source of tree mortality. Trees grow very slowly, about 0.25 cm diameter at breast hight [dbh] per year, meaning an average hive tree was nearly 200 years old.

Library Resource
Documents et rapports de conférence
décembre, 2016
Kenya, Nicaragua

Tropentag, September 18-21, 2016, Vienna, Austria

“Solidarity in a competing world —

fair use of resources”

Prosperity Prospects in Contested Forest Areas: Evidence from

Community Forestry Development in Guatemala and Nicaragua

Dietmar Stoian

1

, Aldo Rodas

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, Jessenia Arguello

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Bioversity International, Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems Initiative, France

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Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Guatemala, Natural Resources and Agrotourism,

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Library Resource
Articles et Livres
décembre, 2016

Ecosystem service-support tools are commonly used to guide natural resource management. Often, empirically based models are preferred due to low data requirements, simplicity and clarity. Yet, uncertainty produced by local context or parameter estimation remains poorly quantified and documented. We assessed model uncertainty of the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation – RUSLE developed mainly from US data. RUSLE is the most commonly applied model to assess watershed-level soil loss.

Library Resource
Documents et rapports de conférence
décembre, 2016

Around the world, a small number of plant species serve as the primary source of food for the human population, yet these crops are vulnerable to multiple stressors, such as diseases, nutrient deficiencies and unfavorable environmental conditions. Traditional breeding methods for plant improvement may be combined with next-generation methods such as automated scoring of traits and phenotypes to develop improved varieties.

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Articles et Livres
décembre, 2016
Colombie

El propósito de este documento es fortalecer la capacidad de agentes públicos y privados para la aplicación de la PNGIBSE, que constituye en sí misma una apuesta de interfaz entre ciencia, política y sociedad en la perspectiva de construir sostenibilidad en el desarrollo. Además de ello, representa un insumo para el seguimiento a los compromisos del país frente a convenios e iniciativas internacionales (CDB, IPBES, OCDE), así como un mecanismo pedagógico para generar interés, conciencia y apropiación de las diferentes dimensiones de la biodiversidad del país.

Library Resource
Articles et Livres
décembre, 2016

West Africa (WA) is among the most food insecure regions. Rapid human population growth and stagnating crop yields greatly contribute to this fact. Poor soil fertility, especially low plant available phosphorus (P) is constraining food production in the region. P-fertilizer use in WA is among the lowest in the world due to inaccessibility and high prices, often unaffordable to resource-poor subsistence farmers. This article provides an overview of soil P-deficiency in WA and opportunities to overcome it by exploiting sorghum and pearl millet genetic diversity.

Library Resource
Articles et Livres
décembre, 2016

Plant phenotypic data shrouds a wealth of information which, when accurately analysed and linked to other data types, brings to light the knowledge about the mechanisms of life. As phenotyping is a field of research comprising manifold, diverse and time-consuming experiments, the findings can be fostered by reusing and combining existing datasets. Their correct interpretation, and thus replicability, comparability and interoperability, is possible provided that the collected observations are equipped with an adequate set of metadata.

Library Resource
Documents et rapports de conférence
décembre, 2016
Burkina Faso

Parkia biglobosa (Fabaceae-Mimosoideae) is one of the most important and widespread trees in

agroforestry systems from Senegal to Uganda. The National Tree Seed Center (CNSF) of Burkina

Faso has developed a breeding and improvement program for this multipurpose tree. To better

conserve and promote the best reproductive materials for domestication, it is important to

understand how farmers perceive and manage the species in their fields. Farmers appear to have

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