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Assessing the effects of land-use change on agrobiodiversity in Hanku, Nepal

Diversification of high-altitude agriculture in the Himalayan districts of Nepal is one of the aims of the Local Crop Project implemented by LI-BIRD and partners. Climate and other changes offer opportunities for livelihood diversification but traditional cold-tolerant crops continue to play an important role in resilience of local communities. PAR supported participatory research of land-use change and its impact […]

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Agrobiodiversity of homegardens in commercial sugarcane cultivation in Uganda

Photo credit: Bernard Pollack

Understanding biodiversity in homegardens embedded in landscapes dominated by commercial monoculture agriculture is critical for sustainable management of agrobiodiversity and meeting rural households’ needs in the face of global changes. The authors of a newly published article in the International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management “Agrobiodiversity of homegardens in a commercial sugarcane […]

Back to the Pamirs: “With our own hands”

Photo credit: Jamila Haider

By Jamila Haider and Frederik van Oudenhoven Latofat, a school Principal in Bartang valley, the most remote valley of the Pamir Mountains, sometimes wondered if the two foreigners who, four years ago,  showed up at her door unannounced saying they were collecting recipes about Pamiri food would ever return. She was also a bit sceptical […]

“How we fought GMOs in Thailand” blog from Michael Commons of Earth Net Foundation

We wanted to have captivating displays of agricultural biodiversity- where many may take photos and share in social media. Photo credit: Michael Commons/EarthNet Foundation

Michael Commons, from Earth Net Foundation, is sharing some thoughts with fellow members of the Agricultural Biodiversity Community not long after its general meeting in Thika, Kenya, in November 2015, about the battle they won against GMOs in Thailand and how they are raising awareness of farmers, consumers, general public and the media about agricultural biodiversity through an annual seed event at local level.

Farming Matters Special Issue: Genetic resources access and benefit sharing for family farmers?

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Access and benefit sharing of plant genetic resources is a crucial but very complex, political and legalistic matter. Does the formal system work for family farmers? As we see in this special issue of Farming Matters, co-produced with Bioversity International, it poses many challenges. At the same time, farmers around the world are leading successful […]

New Book on Pollination Services to Agriculture


Title: Pollination Services to Agriculture – Sustaining and enhancing a key ecosystem service Edited by Barbara Gemmill-Herren Co-published with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations “This publication illustrates some of the impressive amount of work that has been carried out focusing on pollinators and pollination in recent years… I would like […]

Join and be part of the GCARD3 Online Africa Regional Consultation 28th and 29th April 2016

IT STARTS TODAY! Early in April 2016, GFAR, CGIAR and ARC of South Africa co-organized a landmark GCARD3 Global Event that brought together over 500 participants from 83 countries and across 15 different recognized sectors to dialogue on key national, regional and global AR&D issues and to develop collective actions that shape the future of […]