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Mainstreaming agrobiodiversity in sustainable food systems: scientific foundations for an agrobiodiversity index

This new book by Bioversity International summarizes the most recent evidence on how to use agrobiodiversity to provide nutritious foods through harnessing natural processes.

The book outlines the scientific evidence for the impact agrobiodiversity can have on two key issues: healthy diets and sustainable farming systems. It also compiles evidence on how diverse seed systems and agrobiodiversity conservation support those sustainable food systems. The book lays the foundation for an agrobiodiversity index that could guide countries and companies towards the most impactful agrobiodiversity interventions and investment opportunities, that can help them contribute to reaching sustainable development and environmental targets.


Bioversity International. 2017. Mainstreaming Agrobiodiversity in Sustainable Food Systems: Scientific Foundations for an Agrobiodiversity Index. Bioversity International, Rome. Italy.

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