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Our first on-farm agrobiodiversity course held by Università di Roma Sapienza, PAR and Bioversity International 

September 2017, by Annelie Bernhart, Stella Beghini, Paola De Santis, Toby Hodgkin, Devra Jarvis and Lukáš Pawera. All photographs by Lukáš Pawera. Recognizing the urgent need to spread rationale, knowledge and methods about participatory agrobiodiversity research, Università di Roma Sapienza in collaboration with PAR and Bioversity International held a short course dealing with methods of on-farm methodologies and conservation, […]

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Extension until July 1, 2018 for Call for Papers: Farmer Innovations and Best Practices by Shifting Cultivators in Asia-Pacific


Exciting news for those of you who still wish to contribute their unique findings on farmer innovations and best practices in swidden systems: The deadline for submitting papers to be published in the volume “Farmer Innovations and Best Practices by Shifting Cultivators in Asia-Pacific” has been extended to July 1, 2018. A trilogy of books has been designed as […]

New Book: Food Sovereignty, Agroecology and Biocultural Diversity


A new book titled Food Sovereignty, Agroecology and Biocultural Diversity: Constructing and Contesting Knowledge, edited by Michel. P. Pimbert, Director at the Center for Agroecology, Water and Resilience in the U.K and and recently nominated as member of the High Level Panel of Experts of the Committee on World Food Security of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation […]

Agrobiodiversity as a Critical and Emerging Issue in the 2nd note by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition


Agrobiodiversity was identified as one of the nine main critical and/or emerging issues in the second note by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) that was requested by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). The note will be released during the 44th Plenary Session of the CFS, in October 2017, […]

Application now open: Short Course on Crop Genetic Diversity in the Field and on the Farm, Principles and Applications in Research Practices


Università di Roma Sapienza, in collaboration with the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research (PAR) and Bioversity International, will be holding a one week credited short course  on “Crop Genetic Diversity in the Field and on the Farm- Principles and Applications in Research Practice”, based on a text book by the same title. The course will be […]

The Time is Ripe – for Governments to Strengthen Sustainable and Food-Secure Farming

Front cover of "The Time is Ripe". Credit: QUNO

In November 2016, QUNO’s (Quaker United Nations Office) Food & Sustainability Programme hosted an expert consultation on the role of the public sector in supporting small-scale farmers and agricultural biodiversity. One of the outputs of this consultation is the recently published a call to action paper entitled The Time is Ripe for Governments to Strengthen Sustainable […]

International Day of Forest 21st March 2017

Kayapo warriors move through the forest with shotguns and axes in search of fresh game. Photo credit: Martin Scholler, National Geographic

In her message on the occasion of the International Day of Forests 21 March 2017, the new Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Cristiana Paşca Palmer, put emphasis on how forests can contribute to three pressing issues, in a complementary and sustainable way: securing sustainable energy globally, while at the same time being essential for biodiversity, healthy ecosystems, and climate change mitigation. Some points of this message are reported here.