Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LI-BIRD) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) established in 1995 in Nepal. It capitalizes on local initiatives for sustainable management of renewable natural resources and helps improve the livelihoods of resource poor and marginalized people.
LI-BIRD has contributed to the development of approaches for participatory research and development, and has generated impacts that have enhanced the livelihoods of resource-poor farmers through technological and policy changes. LI-BIRD has strengthened techniques of Participatory Plant Breeding (PPB) and Participatory Variety Selection (PVS) for crop improvement and community-based biodiversity management.
LI-BIRD is recognised as a Centre of Excellence for its contribution in shaping national policy, and for developing good practices for conservation of agricultural biodiversity on-farm.