Food systems and landscapes that sustain the planet, drive prosperity, and nourish people.

An Alliance for Accelerated Change

Food system solutions at the nexus of agriculture, environment, and nutrition

Today’s global challenges of poverty, malnutrition, climate change, land degradation, and biodiversity loss call for new research, solutions, innovations, and stronger partnerships that can deliver higher impact. To respond to these challenges, and building on their complementary mandates and long collaboration, Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) have joined forces to create an Alliance.

The Alliance delivers research-based solutions that harness agricultural biodiversity and sustainably transform food systems to improve people’s lives.

To do so, the Alliance works with local, national and multinational partners across Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Africa, and with the public and private sectors. With partners, the Alliance generates evidence and mainstreams innovations in large-scale programmes to create food systems and landscapes that sustain the planet, drive prosperity and nourish people.

In January 2020, the Alliance will operate under the leadership of Juan Lucas Restrepo, Director General and under one Board of Trustees to deliver the new Strategy for Accelerated Change.

VISION Food systems and landscapes that sustain the planet, drive prosperity, and nourish people.

MISSION We deliver research-based solutions that harness agricultural biodiversity and sustainably transform food systems to improve people’s lives in a climate crisis.

The Alliance will:

  • Create significant synergies leading to greater impact
  • Meet growing demand from partners and governments for science-based solutions at scale
  • Increase our capacity to address emerging issues
  • Create a strong presence on the ground

The Alliance solutions will support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, Aichi Biodiversity Targets, Paris Agreement, and Bonn Challenge, among other international initiatives.

Juan Lucas Restrepo
Director General, Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT
j.l.restrepo@cgiar.org

More Information:

Communiqué n. 7

22 November 2019
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11 December 2018
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Communiqué n. 2

31 May 2018
Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) intend to establish an Alliance to build sustainable, resilient food systems and landscapes…

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In his World Food Day blog, Juan Lucas Restrepo, Director General of Bioversity International and CEO-Designate of the Alliance of Bioversity international and CIAT, explains why systems thinking…

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22 May 2019
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Communiqué n. 4

14 November 2018
Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) advance in defining the vision, mission and strategic objectives of the Alliance, and in selecting the new Director General of Bioversity/CEO-Designate of the Alliance…

Communiqué n. 1

05 March 2018
The leadership of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) are exploring a stronger strategic partnership that would advance…

Going against nature

In his latest blog, Juan Lucas Restrepo talks about the importance of identifying collective solutions to diversify our agriculture and thus fight crop diseases such as the dreaded TR4…

Communiqué n. 6

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Communiqué n. 3

28 September 2018
Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) advance in building an Alliance for sustainable, productive, resilient and diversified food systems and landscapes…