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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A flagship for linking biodiversity and health

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The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s overall goal is to foster the linkages between biodiversity and health for sustainable development. In light of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 the BaCH Initiative highlights how international development goals can be reached through an integrated approach. Bringing together key agencies including the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and Bioversity International, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) jointly with the World Health Organization (WHO) will launch the State of Knowledge Review during the upcoming twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in October 2014.

Read the draft and/or get involved and participate in the peer review process of this flagship publication here 

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Fostering global collaborations for biodiversity conservation

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The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partner, the Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) formed the Liaison Group of Biodiversity-related Conventions (BLG) in 2004. The BLG aims to reduce overlapping and create synergies between the CBD and other biodiversity conventions. As such, the group invited the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) to join as a member. Other members include following conventions: the Convention on Biological Diversity (year of entry into force: 1993), the Convention on Conservation of Migratory Species (1975), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (1975), the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (2004), the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (1971) and the World Heritage Convention (1972).

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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