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Crop productivity and agrobiodiversity

This topic explores the interactions between increasing staple crop productivity, resilience to climate change, improving nutrition and sustaining agro-biodiversity. Discussions will be framed around these key questions:

  • What are potential trade-offs of staple crop breeding for productivity with 1) sustainable use and conservation of agricultural biodiversity; and 2) dietary diversity?
  • What are trade-offs between climate resilience, nutrition and agricultural productivity?
  • What are the implications for the agricultural research agenda?

Background papers have been commissioned to set the scene and guide Forum discussions. You can access complete background papers and summaries in this section, as well as related case studies.

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  • Ruth DeFries

    Professor of Ecology and Sustainable Development Columbia University, New York
  • Melinda Smale

    Professor of International Development Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University
  • Marianne Bänziger

    Deputy Director General for Research and Partnership (DDG-RP) International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)
  • John McDermott

    Director, CGIAR Agriculture for Nutrition and Health Program International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • Bhavani Shankar

    Professor of Agriculture, Food and Health SOAS University of London
  • Chris Surridge

    Chief Editor Nature Plants