Agricultural biodiversity for healthy, diverse diets uri icon


  • The key messages outlined by this chapter are: Food biodiversity is the diversity of plants, animals and other organisms used for food, both cultivated and from the wild. Using food biodiversity to diversify diets is a critical element in response to global malnutrition and towards sustainable food systems. Food biodiversity reaches consumers through two principal pathways: (1) consumption via own production or gathering from the wild and (2) purchase of wild or cultivated biodiversity. The nutrient content between different species or varieties of the same species can vary a thousandfold. This information can be used to maximize nutritional adequacy of diets. Improved access, availability, affordability and acceptability of food biodiversity are key factors for achieving healthier diets

publication date

  • 2016