Bioversity is an international research institute focused on using agricultural biodiversity to improve people’s lives. Bioversity works in three broad areas: sustainable agriculture, nutrition and conservation. It is part of the CGIAR consortium of research institutes, which is itself undergoing a major reform and transformation.
The collaboration between Bioversity and its sister institutions, with donors, with other researchers, and with smallholder farmers lies at the core of its new ten-year strategy.
Bioversity turned to The Value Web to design and facilitate a major strategic alignment DesignShop, bringing together 86 senior scientists, economists and administrators and other experts from around the world. Working for three days near Rome, the group deepened their understanding of the new strategy and translated it into individual strategies for eleven research programmes and research themes, as well as drafting guidelines for operationalizing the institutional strategy.
Emile Frison, Director-General of Bioversity International said of the event, “The DesignShop was extremely effective. The three days not only delivered the expected draft strategies, but the participants left with renewed enthusiasm for their implementation. This is by far the best facilitation I have ever experienced”.