Mainstreaming Biodiversity Toolkit

The toolkit outlines the different methodologies and approaches used by partners within the Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition project (BFN) to incorporate food biodiversity into policies and programmes. The toolkit details field experiences from Brazil, Kenya, Turkey and Sri Lanka to provide insight and inspiration to research and development specialists.  Sections are numbered and colour-coded according to the key aspect that they cover. Case studies, “focus on” examples and resources address the details and challenges of each project. This tool should be used as a starting point from which researchers adapt and develop tools for unique country contexts. 

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Funding and implementation partners

  • Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition

Results achieved

The practices and methods outlined in the mainstream toolkit have been implemented in Brazil, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Turkey to great effect. Example activities and outcomes include: 

Successful adoption of school feeding in Kenya and Brazil [Sec. 3.3, pg. 23] 

Green employment initiatives in Turkey [Sec. 3.4, pg. 24] 

Consolidation of knowledge on traditional agriculture practice in a comprehensive inventory [Sec. 4.2, pg. 30] 

Use of national biodiversity strategy and action plans (NBSAPs) led to US$60 million pledged to protect biodiversity for food and nutrition in Brazil [Sec. 5.1, pg. 37] 

Policy in Kenya helped the Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition project to better mainstream indigenous vegetables into school meals by better linking farmer groups to institutional markets. The project activities directly contributed to Kenya’s first Biodiversity Conservation Policy, in Busia County (2018). [Sec. 5.2, pg. 38] 

Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition uses Alcati Food Festival in Turkey to disseminate information [Sec. 6.1, pg. 38] 

In Sri Lanka, Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition supported the Hela Bojun outlets, a group of 18 market outlets that sell freshly prepared local foods and empower rural women.[Sec. 6.2, pg. 44] 

The Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition project has demonstrated successful and varied applications of these approaches, culminating in the compilation of nutritional data on 195 species, boosting their recognition and use worldwide. 

Next steps/variations

This tool is starting point for the implementation of policy; practices must be adapted to the unique contexts of individual countries. 

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