Our Publications

Our Publications

Our research on neglected and underutilized species is published in books, journal articles, conference proceedings and other document types. We also share our work in oral presentations and posters. You can access these documents on this page. The most recent 10 publications are displayed initially but we have nearly 200 documents in the database, which you can access by navigating categories of interest using the bar below. The categories that can be toggled are: Research Theme, Crop, Publication Type, Project, and Language.

Research capacity for neglected and underutilized species: a situation analysis in ten African countries

A survey was administered by email to 383 African scientists who had applied to training courses on NUS to investigate what NUS research is currently...

By Rudebjer Per, Gennifer Meldrum, Richard Hall, Stefano Padulosi, Ewa Hermanowicz, and Nighisty Ghezae, 2016

Methodology mapping for resilient production systems: approaches and results from surveys in Bolivia, India, and Nepal

We investigated how farmers are using agricultural biodiversity and NUS in climate change adaptation in a survey of 2118 smallholder farmers in...

By Gennifer Meldrum, Sajal Sthapit, Wilfredo Rojas, E.D.I. Oliver King, and Stefano Padulosi, 2016

Agricultural biodiversity and women’s empowerment: a successful story from Kolli Hills, India

Factsheet on millet promotion effort in Kolli Hills, Tamil Nadu prepared for the CBD meeting 2016

By King, O.I., Padulosi, S., 2017

Making millets matter in Madhya Pradesh

A decline in minor millet cultivation rings true across much of India. Yet a country wide revival of this cereal crop is in motion. Farmers are again...

By Mondal, A., King, I.O., Roy, S.; Priyam, S., Meldrum, G., Padulosi, S., Mishra, S., 2016

Climate change and crop diversity: farmers’ perceptions and adaptation on the Bolivian Altiplano

This study explored the role of crop diversity in farmers’ adaptation actions in eight Aymara communities on the northern Bolivian Altiplano using a...

By Gennifer Meldrum, Dunja Mijatovic, Wilfredo Rojas, Juana Flores, Milton Pinto, Grover Mamani, Eleuterio Condori, David Hilaquita, Helga Gruberg, Stefano Padulosi, 2017

Promoting drought-hardy tepary bean (Phaseolus acutifolius) and Mayan spinach (Cnidoscolus aconitifolius) in the dry corridor of Guatemala for better climate resilience and nutrition

Proceedings of project launch conference and national stakeholder consultations for the IFAD-EU NUS Project

By Silvana Maselli, Rolando Cifuentes, Valerie Corado, Jacob van Etten, Adam Drucker, Stefano Padulosi and Gennifer Meldrum, 2016

Promoting fonio (Digitaria sp.), Bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea) and nutritious underutilized vegetables in Sikasso and Ségou regions of Mali

Proceedings of project launch conference and national stakeholder consultations for the IFAD-EU NUS Project

By Amadou Sidibe, Harouna Coulibaly, Niang Aminata Berthé, Dembelé Yara Koreissi, Dembelé Brahima, Raymond Vodouhe, Stefano Padulosi, and Gennifer Meldrum, 2016

Promoting kodo (Paspalum scrobiculatum), kutki (Panicum sumatrense) and other nutritious underutilized species in Mandla and Dindori districts, Madhya Pradesh

Proceedings of project launch conference and national stakeholder consultations for the IFAD-EU NUS Project

By Ashis Mondal, Somnath Roy, Shaji John, Kashi Nath Metya, Ramveer Singh Rajput Stefano Padulosi, and Gennifer Meldrum, 2016

Methods and Best Practices for enhancing the use of Nutritious Small Millets in India

Poster on holistic value chain upgrading for minor millets in Tamil Nadu carried out by MSSRF and Bioversity International under the IFAD-NUS...

By E.D. Israel Oliver King and Stefano Padulosi, 2016

Can agrobiodiversity support healthy foods and healthy eating in India’s School Feeding Programme?

Poster on research carried out in the IFAD-EU NUS Project presented at the 1st International Agrobiodiversity Congress in New Delhi November 2016

By Shambhavi Priyam, Stefano Padulosi, Danny Hunter, Gennifer Meldrum, and Oliver King, 2016

Making millets matter in Madhya Pradesh

Poster on millet promotion work in Madhya Pradesh through the IFAD-EU NUS Project presented at the International Agrobiodiversity Congress in New...

By Ashis Mondal, Somnath Roy, Stefano Padulosi, Shambhavi Priyam and Gennifer Meldrum, 2016

Proceedings 3rd International Conference on Neglected and Underutilized Species: for a Food-Secure Africa Accra, Ghana, 25-27 September 2013

The '3rd international conference on neglected and underutilized species: for a food-secure Africa' was held on 25-27 September in Accra, Ghana. These...


Utilisation des plantes negligees et sous utilisees (NUS) dans les programmes d'enseignement des lycees et colleges du Benin

Research brief on the inclusion of underutilized species in higher education curricula in Benin

By Tiburce ODJO, Olivier S. EKPELIKPEZE, Honoré ADJIBOGOUN, Azize OROBIYI, Anicet DASSOU, Arlette ADJATIN, Estelle Y. L. LOKO, Prisca ASSOGBA & Alexandre A. DANSI, 2016

Improving education on underutilized and neglected plant and animal species

Policy brief outlining need for neglected and underutilized species to be part of higher education curricula and basic education in Africa

By Aissetou Drame Yaye, Alfred Ochola, Per Rudebjer, Richard Hall, 2016

Upgrading grain amaranth value chains in Africa

Policy brief on needs for value chain upgrading of amaranth in Africa, a highly nutritious crop that can increase resilience of production systems and...

By George Chemining’wa, Per Rudebjer, Richard Hall, 2016

Bambara groundnut, a legume of choice for food security and industry

Policy brief on needs to upgrade the value chain of Bambara groundnut. Raising consumer awareness and mainstreaming the crop in policies and...

By Alexandre Dansi, Per Rudebjer, Richard Hall, 2016

Manual de preparación de alimentos a base de chaya

Manual of recipes using local crops of Chiquimula district, Guatemala for more balanced, nutritious diets


Worldwide Evaluations of Quinoa: Preliminary Results from Post International Year of Quinoa FAO Projects in Nine Countries

This paper presents the preliminary results from nine countries. Field evaluations were conducted during 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 in Asia (Kyrgyzstan...

By Didier Bazile, Cataldo Pulvento, Alexis Verniau, Mohammad S. Al-Nusairi, Djibi Ba, Joelle Breidy, Layth Hassan, Maarouf I. Mohammed, Omurbek Mambetov, Munira Otambekova, Niaz Ali Sepahvand, Amr Shams, Djamel Souici, Khaled Miri and Stefano Padulosi, 2016

Plan d'actions stratégiques pour la promotion de la chaine des valeurs de l'Amarante et du voandzou au Bénin

Strategic action plan for the promotion of Amaranth and Bambara groundnut value chain in Benin

By Anicet A. Gbaguidi, Estelle Y. L. Loko, Faousiath Sanoussi, Arlette Adjatin, Angelot P. S. Agre, Azize Orobiyi, Innocent Dossou-Aminon & Alexandre A. Dansi, 2016

Agricultural biodiversity to manage the risks and empower the poor

Proceedings of the International Conference 27-29 April 2015, Rome, Italy

By Padulosi, S.; Meldrum, G.; Gullotta, G. (eds), 2016

Underutilized crops to enhance resilience and nutrition in Guatemala, India and Mali

Fact sheet describing the IFAD-EU NUS Project

By Bioversity International, 2015

Guía 5: Bancos Comunitarios de Semillas. En: Guía de Manejo de la Conservación In Situ de la Agrobiodiversidad

Factsheet on the community seedbanks adapted to the Bolivian context

By Pinto M., J. Flores, R. Mamani y W. Rojas, 2015

Guía 3: ¿Cómo medidos la pérdida de nuestros cultivos y variedades?

Factsheet on the five cell method for participatory assessment of biodiversity

By Pinto, M., J. Flores, R. Mamani y W. Rojas., 2015

PROINPA Informe Compendio 2011-2014

Document summarizing the results and products of work carried out by PROINPA in diverse environments in Bolivia beween 2011 and 2014 with the support...

By PROINPA Foundation, 2015

Minor Millets as a Central Element for Sustainably Enhanced Incomes, Empowerment, and Nutrition in Rural India

Article in the journal Sustainability on work promoting minor millets in India through the IFAD-NUS programme

By Stefano Padulosi, Bhag Mal, Oliver I. King and Elisabetta Gotor, 2015

Holistic Value Chain Approach for Neglected and Underutilized Crop Species

Poster on the holistic value chain approach for NUS presented at Indigenous Terra Madre in Shillong, Meghalaya, India and featuring the minor millet...

By Meldrum, G, Padulosi, S. and King, EDIO, 2015

Reforzar la resiliencia de las comunidades rurales ante la inseguridad alimentaria, pobreza y cambio climático a través de la conservación de la agrobiodiversidad local en finca (NUS-IFAD III)

Proceedings from the knowledge sharing meeting for the IFAD-NUS III-IV Project in Bolivia

By V. Polar, W. Rojas, G. Meldrum and S. Padulosi, 2015

Andean lost grains in Bolivia and Peru

Fact sheet on the work and outcomes of the IFAD-NUS project that promoted use of Andean grains (quinua, canahua and amaranth) in Peru and Bolivia over...

By Bioversity International, 2015

Strengthening the role of custodian farmers in the national conservation programme of Nepal

This workshop held in Pokhara, Nepal from 30 July to 1 August 2013 on custodian farmers has been a landmark event in better understanding their needs...

By Sthapit, S, Meldrum, G., Padolosi, S., Bergamini, N., 2015

Assessing the Effectiveness of Projects Supporting On-Farm Conservation of Native Crops: Evidence From the High Andes of South America.

This paper presents an approach for assessing the effectiveness of projects aimed at creating incentives for smallholder farmers to continue...

By Bellon, M. R., Gotor, E., Caracciolo, F. , 2015

Himalayan Superfoods

Poster on himalayan superfoods shared at festivals in Nepal

By Sajal Sthapit, 2014

Los agricultores custodios y los bancos comunitarios de semilla

Publication on work done to develop a network of custodian farmers in Bolivia through the IFAD-NUS III-IV project (Spanish)

By Rojas, W., Pinto, M, Flores, J., Padulosi, S., 2014

Conservacion in situ de la agrobiodiversidad: La experiencia de PROINPA en comunidades cicunlacustres al Lago Titicaca

Article on PROINPAs work in the Lake Titicaca region in Bolivia promoting on-farm/in situ conservation supported by the IFAD-NUS and others (Spanish).

By Rojas, W., Flores, J., Pinto, M., 2014

El analisis participativo de cinco campos: Una metodologia practica para el monitoreo de la agrobiodiversidad

Article on the 5-cell analysis applied in Bolivia under the IFAD-NUS project published in an INIAF proceedings (Spanish)

By Pinto, M., Flores, J., Mamani, R., Rojas, W., 2014

Las ferias de biodiversidad y festivales de comidas: Herramientas para revalorar la diversidad local y los conocimientos tradicionales

Article on diversity fairs held in Bolivia under the IFAD-NUS project published in an INIAF proceedings (Spanish).

By Flores, J., Pinto, M., Mamani, R., Alarcon, V., Rojas, W., 2014

La totora y su rol en los sistemas de vida del centro de agrobiodiversidad Cachilaya

Article on the role of aquatic sedges (totora) in the livelihoods of farmers in a community on the shores of Lake Titicaca, Bolivia (Spanish)

By Flores, J., Pinto, M., Mamani, R., Terrazaz, F., Rojas, W., 2014

Los agricultores custodios: Fortalecimiento de la conservacion in situ de la agrobiodiversidad en Bolivia

Article on IFAD-NUS work with custodian farmers in Bolivia in an INIAF conference proceedings (Spanish)

By Rojas, W., Pinto, M., Flores, J., Mamani, R., Padulosi, S., 2014

Accra statement for a food-secure Africa

Action plan emerging from the 3rd International Conference on Neglected and Underutilized species (NUS) – for a food-secure Africa held in Accra,...

2014
Policy Brief

Realizing the promise of neglected and underutilized species

By Rudebjer, P.; Meldrum, G.; Padulosi, S.; Hall, R.; Hermanowicz, E., 2014
Policy Brief

Agricultural biodiversity in Southern Brazil: integrating efforts for conservation and use of neglected and underutilized species

By Rosa Lía Barbieri, João Carlos Costa Gomes, Adriana Alercia and Stefano Padulosi, 2014
Journal Article

A holistic approach to enhance the use of neglected and underutilized species: the case of Andean grains in Bolivia and Peru

By Padulosi, S.; Amaya, K.; Jäger, M.; Gotor, E.; Rojas, W.; Valdivia, R., 2014

Himalayan foods: healthy and nutritious crop varieties

Brief description of eight underutilized crops in rural Nepal that have become the focus of efforts to promote a healthier lifestyle and marketplace...

By Sthapit, B.; Zucker, J.; Bennett, A., 2014

Dietary contribution of wild edible plants to women's diets in the buffer zone around the Lama forest, Benin - an underutilized potential

Food Security, Vol. 6(6)

By Boedecker, J.; Termote, C.; Assogbadjo, A.E.; Van Damme, P.; Lachat, C., 2014

Diversity in underutilized plant species: an Asia-Pacific perspective

This publication deals with the enumeration of 778 species of underutilized and less known minor food plants grown in different regionsof...

By Arora, R.K., 2014

Agricultural biodiversity enhances capacity to adapt to climate change

Web article sharing preliminary results from farmer surveys carried out in Bolivia, India and Nepal in phase 3 of the IFAD-NUS project regarding...

By Meldrum, G.; Sthapit, S.; Rojas, W.; King, E.D.I. Oliver, 2013
Research Brief

Making it with millets

Article produced in connection with the NUS 2013 Conference in Accra, Ghana describing work on minor millet value chain development in South Asia...

2013
Web Article

Research and policy for orphan crops

By Tewolde-Berhan, S., 2013

Towards a better understanding of custodian farmers and their roles: insights from a case study in Cachilaya, Bolivia

This publication is the result of a research collaboration between Bioversity International and the Fundación para la Promoción e Investigación de...

By Gruberg, H., Meldrum, G., Padulosi, S., Rojas, W., Pinto, M., Crane, T., 2013

Minor Millets: enabling deployment of underutilized species.

Minor millets are small-seeded species crops, grown around the world for food and fodder. Essential similarities of the members of this group of...

By Global Facilitation Unit (CFU) for Underutilized Species, 2013

Briefing Note on “Building on farmers’ perception and traditional knowledge: Biodiversity management for climate change adaptation strategies”.

The factsheet presents some initial findings of a multi-country climate change survey carried out in Peru, Zimbabwe and Vietnam in 2012-2013 by the...

By Oxfam-Novib, 2013

Methodology mapping for resilient production systems: approaches and results from surveys in Bolivia, India, and Nepal.

By Meldrum, G., Sthapit, S., Rojas, W., Israel Oliver King, E., Padulosi, S. , 2013

A global agenda for neglected and underutilized species (NUS)

Background document for the International Seminar on Traditional and New Crops to Meet the Challenges of the XXI Century held in Cordoba, Spain, 10-13...


Cordoba Declaration on Promising Crops for the XXI Century

This declaration is the result of the International Seminar “Crops for the XXI Century” co-organized by the Spanish government (Ministry of...


An overview of the international regulatory frameworks that influence the conservation and use of underutilized plant species

Report prepared by the Global Facilitation Unit for Underutilized Species (GFU), in cooperation with the Genetic Resources Policy Initiative (GRPI) as...

By Chishakwe, N. E., 2009

The role of policy in the conservation and extended use of underutilized plant species: a cross-national policy analysis

Report prepared by the Global Facilitation Unit for Underutilized Species (GFU), in cooperation with the Genetic Resources Policy Initiative (GRPI) as...

By Chishakwe, N. E., 2008

Integrated Approaches in Small Millets Conservation: A Case from Kolli Hills, India

By Israel Oliver King, E. D., Arivudai Nambi, V. , 2006

Micro-beneficiadora mecanica de quinua

By Astudillo, D., Villca, M., García, J., Aroni, G., Quispe, R., 2008

Prototipos: trilladoras de granos (quinua, cañahua, amaranto)

By Soto, J. L., Rojas, W., Marconi, J L. , 2008

Variedad de cañahua illimani

By Pinto, M., Rojas, W., Soto, J. L., 2007

Fortalecimiento de las oportunides y la seguridad nutricional de los probes rurales a través del uso y mercadeo de especies olvidadas y sub utilizadas

By Chura Parisaca, E., Aspaza Mamani, V., Gallegos Choque, A. N., Banegas CAripaza, M., Talavera Salas, R. F., Soncco Silva, Y. L., Sámchez Torres, J. J. , 2008

Gendered Knowledge and Gender Relations: case studies in two agro-biodiversity-rich locations

By Rengalakshmi, R., Mishra, S., Chaudhury, S. S., Israel oliver King, E. D., Trilochana, R., M. S. Swaminathan Foundation, 2007

Variedad de cañahua kullaca

By Pinto, M., Rojas, W., Soto, J. L. , 2006

Changing Equations: the Impact of SHGs on Gender Relations.

By M. S. Swaminathan Foundation, 2007

Towards a ‘red list’ for crop plant species

By Hammer, K., Khoshbakht, K., 2005

Mouthwatering Gourmets from traditional foods of Kolli Hills

By M. S. Swaminathan Foundation, 2004

The Ecological Tradition of Tamil Nadu

By Swaminathan, M. S., Israel Oliver King, E. D., Viji, C., Narasimhan, D., 2004

Red listing of agricultural crop species, varieties and landraces

By Joshi, B.K., Upadhyay, M.P., Gauchan, D., Sthapit, B.R., Joshi, K.D., 2004

Working with Farmers to Enhance Productivity of Local Cultivars in India

By Israel Oliver King, E.D., Dhanapal, D., Rengalakshmi, R., 2003

A Value Added marketing chain approach for agro Biodiversity conservation: A case study from Kolli Hills.

By Israel Oliver King, E.D., Gopinath, L.R., Sengottuvel, D. , 2003

Bioconservation and Utilization of Small millets.

By M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation , 2002

Application of multispectral remote sensing data and GPS. for area Estimation of Minor Millets in KH, Tamil Nadu.

By Gnanappazham, L., Navamuniammal, M., Rengalakshmi, R., Balalbubramaniam, K., Dhanapal, D., Israel Oliver King, E.D., Krishnakumar, S., 2002

Rural and tribal women in agrobiodiversity conservation

By M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, 2002

Like Paddy in Rock: Local Institutions and Gender Roles in Kolli Hills.

By M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, 2001

Sacred Groves: Traditional Ecological Heritage.

By Oliver King, I., Viji, C., Narasimhan, D. , 1997