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In loving memory of Dr. Bhuwon Ratna Sthapit, Community Based Agrobiodiversity defender, mentor and dear friend of PAR

We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Dr. Bhuwon Ratna Sthapit, Senior Scientist at Bioversity International in Nepal. Bhuwon will be dearly missed, and greatly remembered among the agrobiodiversity community. A true pioneer, leading expert, and mentor on participatory methods to assess and use agricultural biodiversity, participatory crop improvement, in situ and on-farm […]

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Job Opportunity – Community Facilitator for Agrobiodiversity project, Phillipines

Photo: Courtesy of University of Wisconsin.

Vacancy Opening for a Community Facilitator in the Dynamic Conservation and Sustainable Use of Agro-Biodiversity in Traditional Agro-Ecosystems of the Philippines Project The Project aims to conserve globally important agrobiodiversity (of rice, mung bean, taro, yam, banana, Manila hemp and others) in traditional agro-ecosystems. It will have an agroecosystem and landscape perspective, maintaining the provision […]

Agrobiodiversity as a Critical and Emerging Issue in the 2nd note by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition


Agrobiodiversity was identified as one of the nine main critical and/or emerging issues in the second note by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) that was requested by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). The note will be released during the 44th Plenary Session of the CFS, in October 2017, […]

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


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


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 […]