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Assessing the effects of land-use change on agrobiodiversity in Pgaz K’ Nyau, Thailand

The community-based conservation leadership of Karen communities in Northern Thailand has convinced governments and researchers to revisit rotational agriculture and correct some of the negative assumptions that have deemed this practice to be destructive. PAR worked with local partners and researchers in Pgaz K’ Nyau in the province of Chiang Mai, to assess agrobiodiversity, and farmers’ perceptions of ecosystem services and […]

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Conference ‘Crop Diversification in a Changing World’ in May 2017, Monpellier, France

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The European Association for Research on Plant Breeding (EUCARPIA) Genetic Resources Section, in association with the European Cooperative Programme for Plant Genetic Resources (ECPGR) has announced that an international conference, ‘CROP DIVERSIFICATION IN A CHANGING WORLD: Mobilizing the green gold of plant genetic resources’, will be held in Montpellier, France from the 8–11 May 2017. The conference will be hosted by […]

Course in Spanish “Pollination and Conservation of Genetic Diversity in Fruit Crops” in Cartagena de las Indias, Colombia – inscription now open until August 31st

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A course in Spanish language on pollination and conservation of genetic diversity in Native American fruit crops will be held in Cartagena de las Indias, Colombia from 10-14th of October 2016. The course is organized by the Instituto de Hortofruticultura Subtropical y Mediterránea with headquarters in Málaga, Spain, and aims to facilitate training for both interested […]

A Guide to the Identification and Importance of Custodian Farmers

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A new working paper has been published that provides a two-page guidance for identifying Custodian Farmers, and understanding their importance for agrobiodiversity conservation. Produced by Alexander Byrners (Bioversity-Nepal/Princeton University) and Bhuwon Sthapit (Bioversity-Nepal), it builds on extensive field experience and participatory identification of individuals that maintain, adapt, and disseminate agricultural biodiversity on farm and community levels, […]

Agrobiodiversity- the key to food security, climate adaptation and resilience

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It is a known fact that agrobiodiversity not only plays a crucial role in food security and nutrition, but also provides environmental services which makes it critical to the sustainability, resilience and adaptability of agricultural production systems.

“With Our Own Hands” wins most prestigious international cookbook award 2016

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Researchers Frederik van Oudenhoven and Jamila Haider from the Stockholm Resilience Centre received the Gourmand World Cookbook Award 2016 for ‘With Our Own Hands’. After the book’s publication in April 2015 PAR reported in May this year, when the research team returned to the Pamir Mountains to share 1700 copies in the local language with the community […]

New report: Food systems experts urge global shift towards diversified farming systems

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We are pleased to hear that on the 2nd of June a new report was released by the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food), urging for a global shift from industrial agriculture towards diversified, agroecological solutions. The report was shared at the 8th Trondheim conference on Biodiversity that was themed “Food systems for […]