Bioversity International (formerly IPGRI) is an independent international scientific organization that seeks to improve the well-being of present and future generations by enhancing conservation and the use of agricultural biodiversity on farms and in forests. Bioversity is one of 15 Centres supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). It has its headquarters in Maccarese, near Rome, Italy, with offices in more than 20 other countries worldwide. The Institute operates through four programmes: Diversity for Livelihoods, Understanding and Managing Biodiversity, Global Partnerships, and Commodities for Livelihoods.
“Bioversity International undertakes, encourages and supports research and other activities on the use and conservation of agricultural biodiversity, especially genetic resources, to create more productive, resilient and sustainable harvests. Our aim is to promote the greater wellbeing of people, especially poor people in developing countries, by helping them to achieve food security, to improve their health and nutrition, to boost their incomes, and to conserve the natural resources on which they depend. Bioversity works with a global range of partners to maximize impact, to develop capacity and to ensure that all stakeholders have an effective voice.”
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Bioversity’s genebank holds over 900 accessions of Musa (banana and plantain) in trust for the world community under agreements signed with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on behalf of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
Bioversity International and SGRP
Bioversity International is the Convening Centre of the CGIAR System-wide Genetic Resources Programme (SGRP). Its Director General is the Programme Leader and Bioversity’s Board of Trustees is the governing body for the Programme. Bioversity International provides the coordinating Secretariat and supports SGRP in the areas of policy, representation, public awareness, information management and fundraising.
Inter-Centre Working Group on Genetic Resources
Each of the CGIAR Centres has a representative on the Inter-Centre Working Group on Genetic Resources, SGRP’s steering committee. The Committee sets the strategy and priorities for SGRP and meets annually to review its workplan.
To find out who is Bioversity's representative, please go to our Contacts page.
To see the list of other SGRP contacts in Bioversity, click here.