Research activities: Manage biodiversity, water and soil
Managing biodiversity and other natural resources in a sustainable, nature-positive way.
This work area collaborates with smallholder farmers to improve production systems by introducing nature-positive innovations, learning and technologies around the management of biodiversity, water, and soil. Researchers work with communities to design conservation-oriented and regenerative practices and approaches to promote beneficial species (pollinators, biocontrol agents and other insects) and associated ecosystem services through adequate levels of biodiversity (soil biodiversity, wild biodiversity and crop and genetic diversity) and to integrate these with existing practices. Participatory breeding is used to improve selected priority crops and seeds that are available through strong farmer-led seed systems. Value chains and other income-generating opportunities such as school feeding programs focus on equitable incomes, job creation and diversification of livelihood opportunities.
Read about the Initiative’s other focus areas:
- Conserve agrobiodiversity
- Enable resilient restoration
- Create nature-positive recycling solutions
- Build an engaging and enabling environment