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GFRA Global Survey report

Global Survey – ways and means to conserve and use genetic diversity

At its last meeting the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture requested its Secretariat to carry out a survey that would help identify “Lessons learned about the ways and means to conserve and use genetic diversity to build resilience to climate change in food and agriculture systems”. This survey was carried out […]

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Farming Matters – Soils for life

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The March 2015 issue of Farming Matters magazine talks about the experiences of farmers who are working successfully, together with others, to improve the health of their soil and their lives. There is an array of stories about how  healthy soils increase farmers’ autonomy and long-term productivity. Read the magazine: Soils for life

Tropentag 2015- Humboldt Universitaet, Berlin – September 17-19, 2015

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The theme for this year is : ‘Management of land use systems for enhanced food security – conflicts, controversies and resolutions’ The deadline for submission of abstract(s) is May 1, 2015. There will be no extension of this submission deadline. The conference language is English and high quality abstracts of original research (250-350 words) are […]

Harnessing agricultural biodiversity to reduce hunger and malnutrition

Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition Initiative (BFN)

Agricultural biodiversity, health and nutrition are vitally connected. Biological variety can provide local solutions to diet-related nutrition and health conditions, yet much of this diversity and traditional knowledge associated with it is disappearing. Take a look at the recent updated flyer that the “Mainstreaming Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use for Improved Nutrition and Well-Being Initiative” (Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition for short) has recently published highlighting recent country successes.

IPBES Call for nomination of experts

Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

The Chair of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in a letter dated 5 February 2015 has called for nominations for experts for: the regional and sub-regional assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services (Deliverable 2b); the thematic assessment of land degradation and restoration (Deliverable 3bi); the scoping for a global assessment of […]

Vavilov-Frankel Fellowship: Call for the 2015

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Bioversity International is inviting applications for research on grain species relevant to both Australia and the applicant’s home country. The fellowship, up to US$ 20,000 for a research project of up to 12 months duration. Deadline for applications is 28 February 2015.

CGRFA-15 Finalizes State of the World’s Animal Genetic Resources Report; Agrees on Guidelines on ABS and Genetic Diversity for Climate Adaptation


The fifteenth session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN’s (FAO) Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 15) addressed a series of sectoral and cross-sectoral issues, including: animal, forest and plant genetic resources; access and benefit-sharing (ABS) for genetic resources for food and agriculture (GRFA); biodiversity and nutrition; and climate […]