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Assessing the effects of land-use change on agrobiodiversity in Hanku, Nepal

Diversification of high-altitude agriculture in the Himalayan districts of Nepal is one of the aims of the Local Crop Project implemented by LI-BIRD and partners. Climate and other changes offer opportunities for livelihood diversification but traditional cold-tolerant crops continue to play an important role in resilience of local communities. PAR supported participatory research of land-use change and its impact […]

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Agrobiodiversity messages from Terra Madre

Crop diversity from rotational farming in northeast India. Photo credit: Annelie Bernhart/PAR

From 22-26 of September people from around the world gathered in Turin, Italy, to attend the biannual Terra Madre event, organised by Slow Food International. Country delegates included community representatives, many of which cultivate crops unique to their culture and territory. They presented examples of crop, animal, fish and wild plant diversity important to their livelihoods and food sovereignty. […]

Give agrobiodiversity a chance! Premio Daniel Carasso 2017 call for applications

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The Premio Daniel Carasso is an individual research prize intended to reward an outstanding scientific researcher on sustainable food systems and diets for long-term health. The Premio is worth €100,000 and the Laureate becomes an ambassador of the Foundation Daniel et Nina Carasso for sustainable food and diets.  These videos interviewing Timothy Johns and Emile Frison highlight biodiversity as a […]

New publication with contribution from PAR coordinator: a Compendium of Perspectives on Agricultural Biodiversity from Around the World

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During the IUCN World Conservation Congress on September 3rd 2016 in Honolulu, the Global Alliance for the Future of Food has launched a new publication The Future of Food: Seeds of Resilience, A Compendium of Perspectives on Agricultural Biodiversity from Around the World.  The publication includes an Opportunities Report by PAR coordinator, Toby Hodgkin and Emile Frison, as well as twelve commentaries […]

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

Pouteria caimito (abiu in portugese)-  a tropical fruit tree native to the Amazonian region of South America

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, […]