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Our first on-farm agrobiodiversity course held by Università di Roma Sapienza, PAR and Bioversity International 

September 2017, by Annelie Bernhart, Stella Beghini, Paola De Santis, Toby Hodgkin, Devra Jarvis and Lukáš Pawera. All photographs by Lukáš Pawera. Recognizing the urgent need to spread rationale, knowledge and methods about participatory agrobiodiversity research, Università di Roma Sapienza in collaboration with PAR and Bioversity International held a short course dealing with methods of on-farm methodologies and conservation, […]

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Give agrobiodiversity a chance! Premio Daniel Carasso 2017 call for applications

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The Premio Daniel Carasso is an individual research prize intended to reward an outstanding scientific researcher on sustainable food systems and diets for long-term health. The Premio is worth €100,000 and the Laureate becomes an ambassador of the Foundation Daniel et Nina Carasso for sustainable food and diets.  These videos interviewing Timothy Johns and Emile Frison highlight biodiversity as a […]

New publication with contribution from PAR coordinator: a Compendium of Perspectives on Agricultural Biodiversity from Around the World

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During the IUCN World Conservation Congress on September 3rd 2016 in Honolulu, the Global Alliance for the Future of Food has launched a new publication The Future of Food: Seeds of Resilience, A Compendium of Perspectives on Agricultural Biodiversity from Around the World.  The publication includes an Opportunities Report by PAR coordinator, Toby Hodgkin and Emile Frison, as well as twelve commentaries […]

Conference ‘Crop Diversification in a Changing World’ in May 2017, Monpellier, France

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The European Association for Research on Plant Breeding (EUCARPIA) Genetic Resources Section, in association with the European Cooperative Programme for Plant Genetic Resources (ECPGR) has announced that an international conference, ‘CROP DIVERSIFICATION IN A CHANGING WORLD: Mobilizing the green gold of plant genetic resources’, will be held in Montpellier, France from the 8–11 May 2017. The conference will be hosted by […]

Course in Spanish “Pollination and Conservation of Genetic Diversity in Fruit Crops” in Cartagena de las Indias, Colombia – inscription now open until August 31st

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A course in Spanish language on pollination and conservation of genetic diversity in Native American fruit crops will be held in Cartagena de las Indias, Colombia from 10-14th of October 2016. The course is organized by the Instituto de Hortofruticultura Subtropical y Mediterránea with headquarters in Málaga, Spain, and aims to facilitate training for both interested […]

A Guide to the Identification and Importance of Custodian Farmers

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A new working paper has been published that provides a two-page guidance for identifying Custodian Farmers, and understanding their importance for agrobiodiversity conservation. Produced by Alexander Byrners (Bioversity-Nepal/Princeton University) and Bhuwon Sthapit (Bioversity-Nepal), it builds on extensive field experience and participatory identification of individuals that maintain, adapt, and disseminate agricultural biodiversity on farm and community levels, […]

Agrobiodiversity- the key to food security, climate adaptation and resilience

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It is a known fact that agrobiodiversity not only plays a crucial role in food security and nutrition, but also provides environmental services which makes it critical to the sustainability, resilience and adaptability of agricultural production systems.