Bioversity International


Genebank Bioversity BEL084

Bioversity International is a global research-for-development organization with a vision that agricultural biodiversity will nourish people and sustain the planet.


Bioversity’s mission is to deliver scientific evidence, management practices and policy options to use and safeguard agricultural and tree biodiversity to attain sustainable global food and nutrition security.

Their Work

Bioversity International works in a number of low-income countries in different regions around the world, that are characterized by high levels of poverty and combinations of:

  • Crop and tree biodiversity of significance to use/conserve
  • High vulnerability to climate change
  • High levels of ‘hidden hunger’ co-existing with rising levels of obesity


Bioversity’s headquarters are in Rome, Italy but their banana genebank is located in Leuven, Belgium.

Crop Trust Support

The Crop Trust provides a long-term grant for the conservation of the international collection of bananas and plantains at Bioversity in Leuven, Belgium.

Information from the CGIAR and Bioversity International about the genebank.

The crops conserved at Bioversity

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Number of varieties available to the public
61.6% 897
Data available in genesys
6.9% 101
55.1% 801

Breakdown of crops conserved at Bioversity

  • Banana 1,455 / 100%