Open-Access TOOLKIT 'Biodiversity Mainstreaming for Healthy; Sustainable Food Systems'

“Biodiversity is not just a luxury for the rich, it is a necessity for the poor.” (USAID)

The Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition Initiative (BFN Project) shares its new open-access guide that collects lessons learned from four partner countries  - Brazil, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Turkey - to help others harness agricultural biodiversity to transform the food system for development, food security and nutrition. 

The open-access TOOLKIT entitled 'Biodiversity Mainstreaming for Healthy; Sustainable Food Systems'  is free to view and download from the BFN website and CGIAR CGSpace Repository.

Throughout its six years of experience in Brazil, Kenya, Sri Lanka, and Turkey, the BFN Project has pioneered a partner-based methodology using indigenous food biodiversity as a lens to address malnutrition, farmer livelihood resilience, and sustainability. The toolkit compiles case studies, key resources and methodologies to share the knowledge accumulated by four BFN Partners, promoting the conservation and sustainable use of local biodiversity

Learn more from this free BFN e-learning course: 

MAINSTREAMING BIODIVERSITY FOR FOOD AND NUTRITION Benefits for agriculture, health and livelihoods (in English, Portuguese, Turkish)

To date, the BFN initiative has documented and shared knowledge on 195 nutrient-rich, locally-adapted species that range from African leafy vegetables to Amazonian fruits. The BFN Project contributes to the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Cross-Cutting Initiative on Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition


Biodiversity and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a joint publication by SCBD, UNDP, UNEP, FAO and the World Bank, launched on the occasion of the High Level Segment of COP 13 on 2 December 2016 in Cancun, Mexico. The document highlights how the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.The publication comprises two editions:

  • Technical Note: provides detailed mapping of the linkages between the SDGs and the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets. (English | العربية | Español | Français )
  • Policy Brief: presents illustrative examples from countries on how biodiversity can contribute to the most directly related SDGs.

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