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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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Course: Integrated seed sector development

Course: Integrated seed sector development, Wageningen UR Centre for development Innovation

Over the last decades, the formal seed system in most developing countries has shifted from a publicly dominated sector to a privately dominated sector. However, throughout the world, the largest quantities of seed are still produced by farmers themselves. Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) recognises the relevance of formal and informal systems and aims to balance public and private sector involvement. The Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation is welcoming application to this course, which will take place from 18 May to 5 June 2015, until 6 April 2015.

15th Regular Session of the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture is coming up!

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The 15th Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture will be held from 19-23 January 2015 at FAO, Rome, Italy. The meeting will cover subjects such as: Cross-sectorial matters, including the State of the World Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture, target and indicators for biodiversity for food and agriculture, Access and benefit-sharing for genetic resources for food and agriculture, Biodiversity and Nutrition, Application and integration of biotechnologies for the conservation and sustainable utilization of genetic resources for food and agriculture, Climate change and genetic resources for food and agriculture; Animal genetic resources; Forest genetic resources; Plant genetic resources; Aquatic genetic resources; Micro-organism and invertebrates; Implementation of the Multi-year Programme of Work; and Cooperation with international instruments and organizations.

Food and farming in the UN climate talks

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What do the UN Climate talks mean for food and farming? The global research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and partners are sharing knowledge and exchanging experiences at the UN Climate Talks from 1-12 December and during the Global Landscape Forum, 6-7 December 2014 in Lima, Peru. Of particular interest was the meeting on 6 December: The role of genetic diversity, traditional knowledge and restoration of native plants in climate adaptation and resilience. Speakers included Alejandro Argumedo from Andes, and Marleni Ramirez from Bioversity International.

Animal Genetic Resources, Access and Benefit Sharing

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The confusion of the delegates of the Eighth session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Animal Genetic Resources about how to apply the concept of “Access and Benefit-Sharing” to animal genetic resources was palpable, says Ilse Köhler-Rollefson in her blog written after the recent meeting of the Technical Working Group. You can read more of her thoughts in the blog: Animal genetic resources and “Access and Benefit-Sharing”: not made for each other?

Promoting agrobiodiversity conservation and use in Sri Lankan agroecosystems for livelihoods and adaptation to climate change

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A major new UNEP GEF supported project that will build resilience and help rural communities meet the challenges of climate change through the conservation and use of agrobiodiversity has recently started in Sri Lanka. The role of agrobiodiversity in helping farmers and rural communities to adapt to climate change and to improve their livelihoods will be explored during this 5-years project. The project, which includes a number of aspects that make it extremely innovative, is being undertaken in collaboration with communities in three different landscapes: Kandyan home gardens, “small tank” systems and “owita” agro-ecosystem.

Fifth IPSI Global Conference (IPSI-5) and IPSI side-event at CBD COP-12

Participants to the 5th IPSI Global Conference, Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, 4-5 October 2014 / The Satoyama Initiative

Dr. Pablo Eyzaguirre, from the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research and Bioversity International presented the “Indicators of resilience in Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS): Indicators for managing renewable resources in pastures and seascapes” at a International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI) side-event during the recent meeting of the 12th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP-12) in October in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. Dr. Eyzaguirre also moderated another side event during COP-12, hosted by the United Nations University Institute for Advances Studies on Sustainability (UNU-IAS) entitled “Mobilizing Resources for Mainstreaming Biodiversity into Production Landscapes and Seascapes”.