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. The first Indigenous Terra Madre was hosted by the Sami people in their arctic homeland in 2011. This year the Khasi people took lead […]
This scientific program will cover all related aspects of wild medicinal and aromatic plants, wild edible plants (including herbs and fruits used for foods), edible wild mushrooms and edible insects. This international symposium will provide a platform biodiversity and foods, conservation of wild edible diversity, sustainable utilization, nutritional values, processing and post-harvest activities for food, […]
The Foundation for the Promotion and Research of Andean Products in Bolivia (PROINPA) has released its Summary Report for 2011-2014 which presents the progress and results achieved in its projects during that period. The document is divided into three sections. The first one presents the progress of PROINPA´s research projects regarding plant genetic resources. The […]
A new publication and video explore the meaning and politics of agroecology from social movement perspectives through the perspectives of food producers involved in the food sovereignty movement. Food producers say in their own words why agroecology is a key pathway towards better food systems and food sovereignty. •Download: Building, defending and strengthening agroecology. A […]
A New Strategy and a New Website for a New Challenge is the New dimension taken by EcoAgriculture Partners. From years of hard work in promoting and sustaining integrated landscape management around the world, the organisation has finally developed a new strategic plan. “With landscapes and integration both such a feature of the global […]
Given that hunger and malnutrition are still widespread problems in many developing countries, the question of how to make agriculture and food systems more nutrition-sensitive is of high relevance for research and policy. Many of the undernourished people in Africa and Asia are small-scale subsistence farmers. Diversifying production on these farms is often perceived as a promising strategy to improve dietary quality and diversity. This hypothesis is tested with data from smallholder farm households in Indonesia, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Malawi. Higher farm production diversity significantly contributes to dietary diversity in some situations, but not in all. Improving small farmers’ access to markets seems to be a more effective strategy to improve nutrition than promoting production diversity on subsistence farms.
The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity has issued a new notification on ways of strengthening conservation of crop wild relatives in Protected Areas or through other area based conservation measures. Crop wild relatives (CWR) are species closely related to crops (including crop progenitors). They are potential sources of traits such as pest or […]