Innovation needs no boundaries: biodiversity through partnership

01 July 2013 | Article

If you want to go far, go together – Four countries unite for the conservation of nutritionally-relevant agrobiodiversity

Brazil, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Turkey have thus joined forces under the umbrella of the Biodiversity for Food (BFN Project) and Nutrition project - funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and coordinated by Bioversity International - to explore how best to promote nutritionally-rich species and, by so-doing, develop and conserve them.

Local plants and animals, which are often  more nutritious than their introduced  counterparts, are increasingly being recognized as playing an important role in providing the diversity of nutrients needed in human diets for healthy growth and living at a local scale. These plants and animals are equally central to food security and livelihoods. The four countries, which are home to a large variety of plants and animals whose nutritional potential remains largely unknown and therefore untapped, will be the trial sites for this innovate partnership.