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Farming for Biodiversity

As of: March 2019

Objective and activities

The project contributes to the implementation of CBD’s Strategic Plan Goal A and B by globally raising awareness of the importance of mainstreaming biodiversity into the agricultural sector and by building local capacity to promote the adoption of best practice examples. A global contest will enhance awareness by surfacing and disseminating solutions that effectively mainstream and increase biodiversity into agriculture. To provide the needed support to strengthen and scale these initiatives, a series of capacity workshops will empower local actors to raise awareness of the value of biodiversity and to conduct social marketing campaigns promoting behaviour change in support of the identified solutions. A learning platform will foster peer-to-peer exchange and will ensure lessons from the implementation of different solutions will be shared between different regions. To scale mainstreaming, results are shared at relevant processes and strategic partners involved throughout the project.

State of implementation/results

  • Project in inception Phase.
  • As part of a solution search contest over 300 ideas were submitted in the year of 2017.
  • The solution finalists’ workshop and awards ceremony took place alongside UNFCCC COP23 hosted by Fiji in Bonn on November 14-15th.
  • The countries in which proven solutions identified through the crowdsourcing contest are scaled include: Benin, Bolivia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Vietnam.
  • In each country four behavior change campaigns will be run by selected local leaders and community-based organizations, resulting in 36 campaigns reaching an estimated 126,000.
  • Campaigns are aimed at both producer and consumer behavior, to support the transition towards biodiversity-friendly agriculture.
  • For regular updates from the local champions and in-country campaigners themselves, please visit:…

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Project data


Implementing organisation:

Partner institution(s):
  • Organics International IFOAM

BMU grant:
€ 2,129,560

09/2016 till 12/2019


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