Booklet on Neglected and Underutilized Species published by Bioversity International

NUScoverRev3Neglected and underutilized species (NUS) are those to which little attention is paid or which are entirely ignored by agricultural researchers, plant breeders and policymakers. Typically, NUS are not traded as commodities. Many of these varieties and species, along with a wealth of traditional knowledge about their cultivation and use, are being lost at an alarming rate. This loss deprives the world of strategic resources to fight poverty, hunger, and malnutrition. The adaptation of NUS to climate change is also an important ally in global efforts to build more resilient agricultural production systems.

A new booklet published by Bioversity International with PIM support, "Fighting poverty, hunger and malnutrition with NUS" (Padulosi et al., 2013), offers a strategic vision for enhancing the use of NUS, together with suggested actions for facilitating mainstreaming and up-scaling of best practices for moving the NUS Agenda forward at both national and international level.


Contents in pdf