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Bioversity International Newsletter, October, 2015

DG Dialogues: When biodiversity meets the Mayors of today’s cities for a more nutritional tomorrow

M. Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Bioversity International, reflects on why sustainable rural-urban food systems matter for future food security and reports from Expo Milano 2015 World Food Day events.

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Seeds for Restoration: a global survey calls for contributions

Restoring hundreds of millions of hectares of degraded forestlands will require billions of tree seeds and seedlings. We invite restoration practitioners to take a survey to help identify current problems, good practices and recommendations for improving tree seed and seedling supply for forest and landscape restoration.

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Pushing the levers of change that drive how we produce and eat food

EAT, the Stockholm Resilience Centre and CGIAR organized a writeshop at Bioversity International, Rome HQ earlier this month. Interdisciplinary experts set to work to identify the levers of change needed to produce enough nutritious, high quality food in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner.

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Crop wild relatives - are they going to end up like the dodo?

Many crop wild relatives are at risk of extinction. How to safeguard and use them was the theme of a side event held during the Plant Treaty Governing Body in October. Bioversity International scientists and event organizers Ehsan Dulloo and Imke Thormann report.

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New video: empowering #BioWomen through agricultural biodiversity

Custodian farmers from Bolivia, India, Italy and Mali and numerous partners came to an event co-organized by Bioversity International and Italian Development Cooperation to voice their opinions and tell stories of women's empowerment through the use and marketing of agricultural biodiversity.

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Linking people, nature and prosperity to ecosystem services at the Ecosystem Services Partnership conference

Can we link ecosystem services to nature, people and prosperity? This and many other urgent topics will be on the annual Ecosystem Services Partnership conference attendees' minds who will be in South Africa from the 9th to the 13th of November. Follow #ESPConf8 on social media for live updates.

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Dietary diversity and biofortification? Closer than you think.

What if food staples were made to work towards better nutrition? How would that fit with the need for dietary diversification? Gina Kennedy, Bioversity International, and Mourad Moursi, HarvestPlus discuss in this joint article.

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