Would-be biodiversity entrepreneurs should inventory their available resources and start with products that have known markets. They should then analyze their markets and the competition, calculate production costs against potential revenues to evaluate whether new techniques or capital investments are warranted; aim to add value locally; consider cooperating with other communities; network with the appropriate fair trade networks and diversify over time.
China has been very successful at cultivating hybrid plants from a wide range of wild species, making China one of the world's three largest centres of origin for cultivated plants. There are 237 species of cultivated plants and many species, genetically related to cultivated plants, still exist in their wild form. In China, there are more than six hundred species of commonly cultivated crops, more than ten thousand species of fruit trees and more than four hundred species of domestic animal and fowl.