New Agricultural Biodiversity Project to Improve Nutrition and Food Security Worldwide
UNEP release, 28 April 2012

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL: Placing renewed emphasis on sustaining the natural variety of crops and animals contributing to agriculture, including neglected yet nutritious traditional foods, can improve food security and address growing global concerns over poor nutrition and its negative health effects, officials said at the launch of a new international project at the World Nutrition Rio Congress 2012. The Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition Project aims to address the narrowing variety of people’s diets, which has led to a raft of health issues worldwide. The multi-country project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and coordinated by Bioversity International, with implementation support from UNEP and FAO. The results will enhance the development of policies and regulatory frameworks that promote biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of often-neglected and forgotten traditional foods, which are often more nutritious and better adapted to local environments, thus having less impact on ecosystems. Read the release …