The challenge

Food systems are failing

In today’s complex and interconnected world, what we eat and how we grow it are inextricably bound to the health of people and the planet. Increasing food production without regard for the environment is causing land and water degradation. Addressing hunger without regard for nutritious diets is contributing to an epidemic of heart disease and diabetes. Increasing yields in a few staple foods is contributing to loss of food diversity.We need to transform our food systems.

The solution

Increase agrobiodiversity in diets and markets, production systems and genetic resources

A sustainable food system cannot exist without agrobiodiversity. Agrobiodiversity boosts total productivity and quality of nutrition in the diet. It increases resilience, soil health and water quality while reducing the need for water, synthetic fertilizers and other costly inputs. It reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to less diverse farms. While evidence shows the potential of agrobiodiversity for sustainable food systems, we are not making the most of it.

One of the main reasons is the lack of an agreed, standard way of measuring agrobiodiversity. To fill this gap, Bioversity International has developed the Agrobiodiversity Index.

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