• Organization TypeImplementing NGO
  • Staff251-500
  • HeadquartersItaly
  • Founded1974

Biodiversity International

Bioversity International is a global research-for-development organization. They have a vision – that agricultural biodiversity nourishes people and sustains the planet. They deliver scientific evidence, management practices and policy options to use and safeguard agricultural and tree biodiversity to attain sustainable global food and nutrition security. They work with partners in low-income countries in different regions where agricultural and tree biodiversity can contribute to improved nutrition, resilience, productivity and climate change adaptation. History In June 2014, Bioversity International celebrated its 40th anniversary.  The organization’s focus has changed over time. Early work focused on the emergency conservation of crop genetic resources in genebanks. Today they deliver scientific evidence, management practices and policy options to use and safeguard agricultural biodiversity to attain sustainable global food and nutrition security.  How IBPGR became IPGRI became Bioversity International In 1974, Bioversity International was established as the International Board for Plant Genetic Resources (IBPGR) to coordinate an international plant genetic resources programme including emergency collecting missions, and building and expanding national, regional and international genebanks. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) acted as secretariat. In 1991, IBPGR became the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI) and in January 1994, IPGRI began independent operation as a CGIAR center and at the request of CGIAR, took over the governance and administration of the International Network for the Improvement of Banana and Plantain (INIBAP). In 2006, IPGRI and INIBAP became a single organization and subsequently changed their operating name to Bioversity International. The new name reflects an expanded vision of its role in the area of agricultural and forest biodiversity and research-for-development activities.
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Job openings over the past year

6Total posted jobs

Examples of past jobs

  • Crop Scientist
  • Senior Manager (Independent Science for Development Council)

Staff at Biodiversity International have experience in


  • development
  • monitoring / evaluation
  • tertiary education
  • agricultural financing
  • research & development


  • world bank group
  • ec


  • india
  • indonesia
  • mauritius
  • rwanda
  • burundi


  • managerial experience
  • business development
  • experience in recruitment
  • with experience in conflict areas

Company Offices

  • Belgium
  • Oud-Heverlee
  • W. De Croylaan 42, 3001 Heverlee Belgium
  • Benin
  • Cotonou
  • IITA/Benin Research Station, 08 B.P. 0932, Cotonou, Benin
  • Cameroon
  • Yaounde
  • CIFOR Regional Office In Cameroon P.O. Box 2008 Messa, Yaounde, Cameroon
  • China
  • Beijing
  • CAAS, 12 Zhongguancun Nandajie 100081 Beijing, China
  • Colombia
  • Cali
  • c/o CIAT, Apartado Aereo 6713, Cali, Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Turrialba
  • CATIE 7170 Turrialba, Costa Rica
  • France
  • Montpellier
  • Parc Scientifique Agropolis II, 34397 Montpellier Cedex 5, France
  • Languedoc Rousillon
  • India
  • New Delhi
  • G-1, B-Block, NASC Complex, DPS Marg, Pusa Campus, New Delhi , India.
  • 110 012
  • India
  • Bengaluru
  • College of Horticulture, UHS Campus, GKVK Post, Bengaluru, 560065
  • Italy (headquarters)
  • Fiumicino
  • Via dei Tre Denari, 472/a 00054 Maccarese (Fiumicino), Italy
  • Lazio
  • Nepal
  • Pokhara
  • 93.4 Dharahara Marg, Fulbari, Ward #11, Pokhara, Nepal
  • Philippines
  • IRRI, Rm 31, GS Khush Hall, Los Banos, Laguna 4031, Philippines
  • Laguna
  • Uzbekistan
  • Tashkent
  • The CGIAR Programme Facilitation Unit (PFU) for Central Asia and the Caucasus, ICARDA, P.O. Box 4564 Tashkent, Uzbekistan