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PAR at COP13

PAR is taking part in the 13th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the Convention on Biological Diversity this week in Cancun, Mexico. On Wednesday 14 December PAR is holding a side event “Recognizing Community Perspectives on Land Use and Agriculture” taking place at Side Event 3, Universal Building, Main Floor at 18.15.   During the […]

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Tropical Fruit Tree Diversity: Good practices for in situ and on-farm conservation

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New book edited by Bhuwon Sthapit, Hugo A.H. Lamers, V. Ramanatha Rao, Arwen Bailey Farmers have developed a range of agricultural practices to sustainably use and maintain a wide diversity of crop species in many parts of the world. This book documents good practices innovated by farmers and collects key reviews on good practices from […]

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

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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 […]

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 […]