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Concepts behind successful seed keeping strategies of the Yucatec Maya – agroecology perspectives from the Intercultural Maya University of Quintana Roo

During COP 13 that took place in December 2016 in Cancun, Mexico, we had the pleasure to meet Francisco J. Rosado-May, researcher in the field of agroecology at the Intercultural Maya University of Quintana Roo, Mexico. At our PAR side event, he gave a presentation about biocultural diversity in indigenous food systems of Northeast India and Mexico, similarities between the […]

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Short Course: Crop Genetic Diversity in the Field and on the Farm, Principles and Applications in Research Practices

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Università di Roma Sapienza, in collaboration with the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research (PAR) and Bioversity International, will be holding a one week credited short course  on “Crop Genetic Diversity in the Field and on the Farm- Principles and Applications in Research Practice”, based on a text book by the same title. The course will be […]

The Time is Ripe – for Governments to Strengthen Sustainable and Food-Secure Farming

Front cover of "The Time is Ripe". Credit: QUNO

In November 2016, QUNO’s (Quaker United Nations Office) Food & Sustainability Programme hosted an expert consultation on the role of the public sector in supporting small-scale farmers and agricultural biodiversity. One of the outputs of this consultation is the recently published a call to action paper entitled The Time is Ripe for Governments to Strengthen Sustainable […]

International Day of Forest 21st March 2017

Kayapo warriors move through the forest with shotguns and axes in search of fresh game. Photo credit: Martin Scholler, National Geographic

In her message on the occasion of the International Day of Forests 21 March 2017, the new Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Cristiana Paşca Palmer, put emphasis on how forests can contribute to three pressing issues, in a complementary and sustainable way: securing sustainable energy globally, while at the same time being essential for biodiversity, healthy ecosystems, and climate change mitigation. Some points of this message are reported here.

Launch of the 14th year of the International PhD Programme in Agrobiodiversity

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The Institute o Life Sciences at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa, Italy (SSSA) will soon launch the 14th year of its International PhD Programme in Agrobiodiversity. The Programme is run in collaboration with the Italian National Academy of Sciences and is funded by the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MiUR). The main aim of this three-year PhD Programme is to enhance human resource capacities […]

Call for applications – Organic farming innovation award (OFIA)

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The call for the 3rd Organic Farming Innovation Award (OFIA) is open. You are invited to submit your own application or propose an innovator in the organic agriculture sector. The deadline for the application is 31 March 2017.  Winners receive a monetary prize (10,000 US$ for Grand Prize and 5,000 US$ for Science Prize). The award ceremony will be […]

Book Announcement and Call for Papers: Farmer Innovations and Best Practices by Shifting Cultivators in Asia-Pacific

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A trilogy of books has been designed as a sequel to the highly-acclaimed publication “Voices from the Forest: Integrating Indigenous Knowledge into Sustainable Upland Farming” (RFF Press, 2007) that brought scientific attention to indigenous innovations in improved fallow management. The first volume of the trilogy is advertised online at https://www.amazon.com/Shifting-Cultivation-Environmental-Change-Conservation/dp/ and the second (“Shifting Cultivation Policies: Balancing Environmental and Social Sustainability) […]