Towards research for a food secure future

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The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partner Bioversity International is a global research-for-development organisation advocating for food-based solutions that put traditional, culturally-acceptable and nutritious food at their core. Jointly with other leading organisations Bioversity International contributes to the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). This global partnership synergises efforts towards research for a food secure future aiming to reduce rural poverty, increase food security, improve human health and nutrition, and ensure more sustainable management of natural resources. To raise awareness for the importance of research on sustainable agriculture to stakeholders involved in the climate change and development policy processes, CGIAR is organising the #1 CGIAR Development Dialogues on 25 September 2014 in New York City . Learn more about the relevance for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) here and find out how to attend the event through live video streaming and social media channels here.

 

 

Shaping international policy towards biodiversity conservation and human health

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The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partners are synergising efforts towards linking biodiversity and human healthThe Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) and the World Health Organization (WHO) jointly with other key partners and experts drafted the State of Knowledge Review on the Interlinkages between Biodiversity and Human Health. This flagship publication covers all relevant issues at the biodiversity and health nexus such as agricultural biodiversity and food security, water and air quality, nutrition and health, traditional medicine and biodiversity, and health care and pharmaceuticals.

Find out more about our partner’s involvement here. Read the draft chapters AND/or provide your comments here.

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Reviving traditional foods in rural Lebanese schools to boost health

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The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partner Bioversity International a global-research-for-development organisation works towards healthy sustainable diets through conservation of agricultural biodiversity. Bioversity International’s vision is to contribute to improved nutrition, resilience, productivity and climate change adaptation. Jointly with other key partners, Bioversity International is implementing the Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition Project – officially the “Mainstreaming Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use for Improved Human Nutrition and Well-being” project. The project also highlights success stories around the globe in the biodiversity for food and nutrition nexus. Learn more about how revitalising traditional foods through projects linking schools to local cooperatives can impact health and well-being and create livelihood opportunities for most marginalized people in rural areas here.

 

Landscapes as sources of traditional, culturally-acceptable and nutritious food

8554191646_3a3bf16191_kThe Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partner Bioversity International is a leading organisation advocating for food-based solutions that put traditional, culturally-acceptable and nutritious food at their core. This approach simultaneously take into account the protection of landscapes as providers of this ecosystem service. Learn more about cases in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Kenya and Cameroon on how enhancing and use of wild and cultivated plant and animal species can lead to protecting the landscapes where they grow here

The essential role of biodiversity and ecosystem services for a sustainable future

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Based on its partners support the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative advocates for linking both biodiversity and health as key development priorities as well as relevant issues such as revitalising traditional health practices and and local food traditions. Throughout its work the Initiative highlights the substantial role of biodiversity and ecosystems for a sustainable development at large. The international community is increasingly acknowledging the essential role of biodiversity and ecosystem services to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ultimately eradicate poverty. Learn more about the linkages and how the discussions evolved in the article here