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Thus, the Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China (MoA) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), jointly tested innovative approaches under the framework of a joint project from 2005 to 2011, and then made the project’s results publicly available for replication.

What is agrobiodiversity?
Agrobiodiversity comprises the variety and variability of animals, plants and micro-organisms that are used directly or indirectly for food and agriculture, including crops, livestock, forestry and fisheries. It comprises the diversity of genetic resources used for food, fodder, fibre, fuel and pharmaceuticals. It also includes the diversity of non-harvested species that support production (soil micro-organisms, predators, pollinators), and those in the wider environment that support agro-ecosystems (agricultural, pastoral, forest and aquatic) as well as the diversity of the agro-ecosystems themselves.
(Source: FAO)

 

Approach

In mountainous areas of different agro-ecological zones (tropical, sub-tropical, subtropical/temperate) in the provinces of Hainan, Hunan, Anhui, Hubei and Chongqing, the project tackled agrobiodiversity management through a multi-level approach ranging from village interventions and capacity building to providing policy advice and mainstreaming agrobiodiversity at the county, province and national level (see Figure).