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Participants to the 5th IPSI Global Conference, Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, 4-5 October 2014 / The Satoyama Initiative

Fifth IPSI Global Conference (IPSI-5) and IPSI side-event at CBD COP-12

The International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI), held its Fifth Global Conference (IPSI-5) from 4 to 5 October 2014 in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. The conference was held back-to-back with the twelfth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP12), and offered a good chance for many IPSI members and […]

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Agricultural Production, Dietary Diversity, and Climate Variability

A new Policy Research Working Paper released by the World Bank, which helps to fill a key gap in the evidence on the relationship between productivity and consumption. The study investigates the effect of production on dietary diversity and diet composition through both agricultural revenue and crop production. Results show that a 10 percent increase in […]

A new Bio-Economy web site is born

Harvesting rooibos in the Koue Bokkeveld, Western Cape Province, South Africa / Photo: Rachel Wynberg

A web-platform for researchers, policy-makers and students to engage with and learn more about approaches within the bio-economy that facilitate poverty reduction in a manner that is socially just and environmentally sustainable

New Publication: Toolkit for the Indicators of Resilience

Book cover: Toolkit for the indicators of landscapes and seascapes

The “Toolkit for the Indicators of Resilience in Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS)” has been published and was officially launched at an event on 17 November 2014, held parallel to the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 in Sydney, Australia. The Toolkit is a major output of a IPSI Collaborative Activity carried out by UNU-IAS, Bioversity International, UNDP-COMDEKS, and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). This project was a continuation of a previous Collaborative Activity by UNU-IAS and Bioversity International, in which the Indicators themselves were developed, and included a revision of the Indicators based on their field-testing and application around the world over the past two years. The revised Indicators and a manual for their practical application in the field have now been compiled into the Toolkit publication.

Course: Integrated seed sector development

Course: Integrated seed sector development, Wageningen UR Centre for development Innovation

Over the last decades, the formal seed system in most developing countries has shifted from a publicly dominated sector to a privately dominated sector. However, throughout the world, the largest quantities of seed are still produced by farmers themselves. Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) recognises the relevance of formal and informal systems and aims to balance public and private sector involvement. The Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation is welcoming application to this course, which will take place from 18 May to 5 June 2015, until 6 April 2015.

15th Regular Session of the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture is coming up!

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The 15th Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture will be held from 19-23 January 2015 at FAO, Rome, Italy. The meeting will cover subjects such as: Cross-sectorial matters, including the State of the World Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture, target and indicators for biodiversity for food and agriculture, Access and benefit-sharing for genetic resources for food and agriculture, Biodiversity and Nutrition, Application and integration of biotechnologies for the conservation and sustainable utilization of genetic resources for food and agriculture, Climate change and genetic resources for food and agriculture; Animal genetic resources; Forest genetic resources; Plant genetic resources; Aquatic genetic resources; Micro-organism and invertebrates; Implementation of the Multi-year Programme of Work; and Cooperation with international instruments and organizations.

Food and farming in the UN climate talks

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What do the UN Climate talks mean for food and farming? The global research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and partners are sharing knowledge and exchanging experiences at the UN Climate Talks from 1-12 December and during the Global Landscape Forum, 6-7 December 2014 in Lima, Peru. Of particular interest was the meeting on 6 December: The role of genetic diversity, traditional knowledge and restoration of native plants in climate adaptation and resilience. Speakers included Alejandro Argumedo from Andes, and Marleni Ramirez from Bioversity International.