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Assessing the effects of land-use change on agrobiodiversity in Tshongogwe, Zimbabwe

Together with partners, PAR is undertaking an interdisciplinary research project in eight biocultural landscapes. The project “Supporting Agrobiodiversity Maintenance and Use in the Context of 
Land Management Decisions” is funded by The Christensen Fund. One of the eight landscapes is Tshongogwe in Zimbabwe, where PAR works with Southern Alliance for Indigenous Resources (SAFIRE). Tshongogwe is […]

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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

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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 […]

The Future We Want – Perspectives from Indigenous Peoples

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

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. With over 600 delegates from 140 tribes living in 58 countries, the event under the theme “The Future We Want: Indigenous Perspectives and Actions” provided an opportunity for indigenous peoples to exchange views on how to shape a future for food that is more fair, holistic and reverential of the land and its resources. Read here a summary of the event.