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Biodiversity for Sustainable Development - Pyeongchang, Korea 2014

Framing Biodiversity and Health in the context of the Post-2015 Development Agenda

In the context of the Twelfth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), taking place this week and next in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research (PAR), represented by Dr Pablo Eyzaguirre, participated this Thursday 8 October into a side-event on “Framing Biodiversity […]

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Forests as Food Producing Habitats

Forest as food producing habitats/Photo: Living Farms

Read this exploratory study carried out by Living Farms to uncover the issues around collection and consumption of uncultivated foods and the extent of dependence of Adivasi / Indigenous communities on such food, for their food and nutrition security. A negelcted potential held by forests that can support livelihoods of the indian Adivasi indigenous communities, and beyond.

Participatory agricultural research methods: theory key to gain wider acceptance

An example of participatory agricultural research with CIMMYT in Kenya / Photo: CIMMYT

What must we do to gain wider acceptance of participatory agricultural research (PAR) methods within the mainstream of the CGIAR system and beyond? This was one of the topics of discussion at the PARADE workshop. Professor Paul Sillitoe (Department of Anthropology, Durham University) believes the answer to the question will in no small part depend on addressing some of the deep-seated contradictions within development discourse. Pr. Sillitoe outlined the deeply entrenched incongruities that PAR practitioners must resolve, or at least acknowledge. The list is long (17 points in all), which underscores how deeply conflicted our discourse is.

IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 is upcoming!

Photo credit: World Park Congress 2014

The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 will take place from 12 to 19 November 2014 in Sydney, Australia. The Congress, a landmark global forum on protected areas will share knowledge and innovation, setting the agenda for protected areas conservation for the decade to come. Building on the theme “Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions”, it will present, discuss and create original approaches for conservation and development, helping to address the gap in the conservation and sustainable development agenda.

Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto 2014

Salone del Gusto 2014

The Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto, organised by Slow Foods and partners will take place from 23 to 27 October 2014 in Turin, Italy. 2014 will mark the 10th Salone del Gusto or “Hall of Taste”, the world’s largest food and wine fair, and Terra Madre, the world conference of food communities. This year’s events will bring together more than 1,000 exhibitors from 130 countries, including over 300 Slow Food Presidia, chefs, farmers, fishers, eaters, authors, advocates, academics, artisans, international representatives from wine and gastronomy, and Slow Food’s network of small-scale producers and food communities on six continents.

Indigenous Biocultural Diversity in Times of Neoliberalism and Climate Change

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For the last 26 years in the Peruvian Andes, twenty Nuclei of Andean-Amazonian Cultural Affirmation (NACA), associated with the Andean Project for Peasant Technologies (PRATEC), have advocated for respectful dialogue between different knowledge systems and “saberes”. NACAPRATEC’s proposal takes up the challenge of regenerating the Andean biocultural landscape by focusing on Andean community-based mechanisms, traditional knowledge and cultural practices that contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and food sufficiency, the nurturance of “Kawsay” (life as a whole) as the foundation and engine for Andean-Amazonian cultural affirmation.

“No seeds, no future” a short Biowatch/Oxfam film

Photo credit: Biowatch South Africa

For many generations subsistence farmers have successfully grown their own fruits and vegetables, and reared their own livestock. KwaHhohho in Mtubatuba, KwaZulu-Natal, has a rich history of these traditional farming practices. But these are under threat, and this small farming community is fighting to save their natural seeds and traditional farming culture. “No seeds, no future” is the story of how a community market garden, developed using agroecological methods, has helped these farmers secure their food sovereignty.