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Bioversity International Newsletter, March, 2014

News: Gender at the centre of our research

In March, Bioversity International is running a series of blog posts on how we address gender roles in our research. The campaign is to mark International Women's Day and the International Year of Family Farming.

Visit 'Gender at the centre of our research'

News: Brazil mainstreams biodiversity and nutrition 

As Brazil revises its national biodiversity and action plan, a global initiative of the Global Environment Facility — led by four countries and coordinated by Bioversity International — is helping set the agenda. 

Read an interview with Camila Oliveira, Ministry of the Environment, Brazil

News: A dialogue on biodiversity for smallholders

Bioversity International recently met with the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to discuss biodiversity-based approaches to improve the resilience and nutritional security of smallholder farming systems.

Find out more about the discussions

News: Banana diversity vital says Bioversity International Deputy Director General, Research

In Al Jazeera this week, Stephan Weise explains why diversification is vital to combat a fungal disease devastating banana production around the world. He talks of work in the Philippines with partners to trial a Cavendish variety showing disease resistance.

Read more here

Publication: The evolving landscape of agricultural biodiversity conservation

Conservation of agricultural biodiversity increasingly depends on the empowerment of local communities. A case study published by LI-BIRD and Bioversity International shows how this approach is achieving results in Nepal's Rupa lake watershed.

Download the case study here

Publication: Practical tips for gender-responsive data collection

This short guide gives useful tips to researchers about ways to carry out gender-responsive data collection — for example, ensuring field teams include both women and men, and that meeting locations are gender appropriate.

Download the guide here

Upcoming event: Sackler Institute Nutrition Conference, 26 March 2014 

March 26, Academy of Sciences, New York

Bruce Cogill, Nutrition and Marketing Programme Leader, will talk about dietary diversity at an upcoming event — Consumer Behaviour and Food Science Innovations for Optimal Nutrition. Follow on Twitter #FoodInnov

Visit the official conference website

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