From the PAR network

PAR and partners' Exhibition on North-east India Diversity at Indigenous Terra PAR and partners' Exhibition on North-east India Diversity at Indigenous Terra Madre 2015, Shillong, India/ Photo credit: Dunja Mijatovic

The Future We Want – Perspectives from Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous peoples and their supporters from around the world gathered from 3-7 November in Shillong, Meghalaya, among the green East Khasi Hills in north-east India for the second Indigenous Terra Madre. The first Indigenous Terra Madre was hosted by the Sami people in their arctic homeland in 2011. This year the Khasi people took lead […]

Latest news

Call for articles: Valuing underutilised crops

As family farming, nutrition and agrobiodiversity are increasingly put in the spotlight, Farming Matters focuses its attention on ‘underutilised’ crops. These are plant species that have been used for centuries or even millennia as food, fibre, fodder, oil or medicine, but are no longer very common. Many of these crops are of great value for […]

New Website: Local Crop Project in Nepal

Local crop project Website

The “Local Crop Project: Integrating Traditional Crop Genetic Diversity for Mountain Food Security” Website was launched on 29 January 2016, during the Second Project Steering Committee meeting  held in Kathmandu. The Local Crop Project’s goal is to improve livelihoods and food security of target communities in Nepal, through the conservation and use of traditional crop […]

Farmers in Africa are opting to buy seed from informal markets rather than relying on their saved seed.

Recent research findings  have shown that instead of relying on saved seeds for new crops, farmers in Africa are opting to buy  seed from local markets or friends.  Our work is significant because it indicates smallholder farmers are far more likely to purchase seed rather than rely on saved seed,” says  Louise Sperling, a Senior Technical […]

Call for proposals: Strengthening the Capacity of African Countries to Conservation and Sustainable Utilisation of African Animal Genetic Resources

Icon - Call for papers

The African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) is a specialized technical office reporting to the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the AU Commission. The Institution is mandated to support and coordinate the improvement of Animal Resources (livestock, fisheries and wildlife) as a resource for human well-being in the member states of […]

Wisdom keepers gathered in Paris and call for unified action

Young wisdom keepers Taimiroa Pajimola (center) and Lindar Winnie Otieno (right) , reading the Vision Statement of the Voices 4 Mother Earth gathering to the press on the Seine river in front of the Notre Dame on Sunday the Sixth of December. Photo: Voices 4 Mother Earth, Embassy of the Earth

The Voices 4 Mother Earth gathering led by wisdom keepers from around the world – Indigenous elders, scientists, farmers, youth and more – took place in parallel of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 21st Conference of the Parties (UNFCCC COP-21) from 6-11 December in Millemont, France, and now call for unified action to ensure that the next seven generations have a world in which they can live.

Discussion forum on the benefits of ecosystem services for effective ecological intensification

FSN-Forum

On November 30, 2015, scientists and researchers from across the globe will come together to discuss ecological intensification for three weeks on the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN forum) hosted by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Ecological intensification—the optimization of all provisioning, regulating and supporting ecosystem services in the agricultural […]