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‘The utility of biodiversity to secure health is well acknowledged. What is often not sufficiently addressed is the need to link access to good health at affordable cost for people living in remote or economically disadvantaged situations, using available resources, knowledge, skills and capacities from within their contexts.’
(Dr Suneetha M Subramanian, Senior Research Fellow at the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, UNU-IAS)
Find out more on the linkages between biodiversity and community health and listen to Suneetha’s public seminar at the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 18, 2013. For further information see here
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Plants are vital to our wellbeing
Watch Healing Power from Nature, a short video about the importance of medicinal plants and the FairWild Standard – led by BaCH’s partner TRAFFIC as well as WWF, IUCN, the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) and others. Initially known as the International Standard for Sustainable Wild Collection of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (ISSC-MAP), it was merged with an existing initiative in 2008, and the FairWild Standard (Version 2.0) now provides a reference and best-practice framework for sustainable wild collection and trade.
In September 2013, Bioversity International participated in the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation conference, ‘Sustainable food and diets: from theory to evidence-based successful practice’ organised in the scope of the 20th International Congress of Nutrition in Grenada, Spain.
Lessons learned & recommendations for practitioners
BaCH’s partner Bioversity International is revisits the role agricultural biodiversity can play in improving dietary diversity and health outcomes in a world where 868 million people are undernourished, 195 million children under the age of five are stunted and over 1 billion people are overweight and obese. Using examples and case studies from around the globe, key authors and partner organisations explore current strategies for improving nutrition and diets and identifies key research and implementation gaps that need to be addressed to successfully promote the better use of agricultural biodiversity to improve nutrition and food security. See here and download the whole book or chapters
Bioversity International is unlocking the potential of wild edibles
Addressing global key challenges such as reducing hunger, malnutrition and obesity through dietary diversity and improved food security, Bioversity International is developing evidence and solutions for resilience and improved nutrition and health tailored for different groups, incomes, and ecosystems. Jointly with global partners, Bioversity is looking at nutrition and health through the unique lens of agricultural diversity in West, East and Southern Africa as well as Asia and Latin America, with projects that can be adapted to other regions. As part of this work, Bioversity International scientists Danny Hunter and Teresa Borelli highlight the issue of eroding wild edible species as well as the global trend of shifting away from traditional food systems in their joint article posted on the IUCN website.