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Bioversity International Newsletter, April, 2016

DG Dialogues: Investing in safeguarding crop diversity for a food-secure future

M. Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Bioversity International, reports from the Global Crop Diversity Trust Pledging Conference - an event that gathered representatives from 50 nations determined to save the global common good of crop diversity in perpetuity. 

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In the media: Can ancient Ethiopian wheat varieties provide resistance to stem rust?

Interviewed by Süddeutsche Zeitung, Bioversity International scientist Carlo Fadda explains how Ethiopian durum wheat offers a unique and not fully explored source of genetic diversity that can provide resistance to diseases and climatic stresses.

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New publication: Farmers’ crop varieties and their rights

A new book in the Issues in Agricultural Biodiversity series examines policies that aim to increase the share of benefits that farmers receive when others use the crop varieties that they have developed and managed.

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New in research: Join the diversity club

In the fifth of her blog reports from Vietnam, Jessica Raneri, Nutrition Programme Specialist, explains how Diversity Clubs in the Mai Son district in Vietnam's Son La Province are getting equipped to lead the next step of the research. The goal? To add nutritious agricultural biodiversity to the menu.

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Take the survey: Linking ecosystem services to the Sustainable Development Goals

Bioversity International scientists invite ecosystem services experts to take a survey to help identify which ecosystem services could positively contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and targets.

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Upcoming event: State of the World's Plants Symposium, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK

Bioversity International's Director General, M. Ann Tutwiler will join the Useful Plants session on May 12 and outline the urgent need to identify, promote and protect superfoods such as millets which have the potential to deliver food and nutrition security.

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Upcoming event: International Day for Biological Diversity

22 May marks the International Day for Biological Diversity which this year focuses on Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and their Livelihoods. Join the online conversation by using the hashtag #IDB2016.

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