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Home Gardening for Improved Livelihoods in Nepal: A Video About Home Gardens

The Home Garden project’s interventions have been highly successful in improving the nutritional status of families from poor and disadvantaged groups. Home gardens are also reducing economic vulnerability through income generated by sale of surplus products and reduced expenditure for vegetables, fruits and meat. This video highlights the overall achievements from the three phases of […]

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On languages and sorghum diversity! Is there a link?

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Researcher say there is a link! Read this interesting article on research that has revealed that sorghum diversity and ethnolinguistic groups are associated in Africa. They identified three major sorghum populations: a Central population co-distributed with the Nilo-Saharan language family; a Southern population co-distributed with the Bantu languages; and a Northern population distributed across northern Niger-Congo […]

Nutrition Improved through Plant Breeding: results of an IDRC Project in Ethiopia

Female farmers discussing the importance of chickpea at Halaba, Ethiopia

Southern Ethiopian farmers have achieved a two-fold increase in chickpea productivity through enhanced soil health and improved crop varieties. At the same time, improved food processing, preparation methods and education programs have contributed to better nutrition, including through the incorporation of chickpeas into diets. These are the findings of the ‘Improving Nutrition in Ethiopia through […]

Strengthening Support for Smallholder Farmer-led Seed systems

The SKI workshop participants/Photo: Amy Dean, PROGRESS

A multitude of institutions from a range of African countries met up to find synergies and ways to strengthen support for small farmer-led seed systems. The overarching aim of the seminar was to explore the interface between informal and formal systems of seed management, knowledge, research and innovation, from local systems at grassroots level to the more formalised systems that exist in universities, research institutions and the private sector.

International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition, 18 -19 September 2014, Rome

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FAO will host an International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition from 18th to 19th September to explore recent scientific research and knowledge and promote open dialogue while showcasing existing experiences and programs on Agroecology. The event brings together international experts in the field of Agroecology and within the new FAO Strategic Framework […]

Book Announcement and Call for Papers: Shifting cultivation in the Asia-Pacific region

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Seven years ago, a landmark publication titled “Voices from the Forest: Integrating Indigenous Knowledge into Sustainable Upland Farming” (RFF Press, 2007) was published that put indigenous strategies for fallow management firmly on the scientific agenda. You are being invited to make paper contributions to two new books on shifting cultivation in the Asia- Pacific region: […]

Call For Papers for Agroecolog​y, small scale farming and regional developmen​t

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Future of Food: Journal for Food, Agriculture and Society  would like to call research papers, book reviews, alternative views and reports for the Vol. 2 , Nr.  2 of the FOFJ journal on the theme of “Agroecology, small scale farming and regional development”. The Climate change impact on Agroecology and small scale farming could alter […]