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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

The Future We Want – Perspectives from Indigenous Peoples

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 […]

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International Symposium on Biodiversity and Edible Wild Species, 1-4 November 2015, Antalya, Turkey

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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, […]

An update on the Neglected and Underutilized Species (NUS) project by PROINPA.

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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 […]

New publication and video: Building, defending and strengthening agroecology

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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 […]

EcoAgriculture Partners’ new endeavours

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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 […]

Does production diversity always translate in dietary diversity ?

Diversity of vegetables produced in home gardens, Nepal. Credit: LI-BIRD/A.Subedi

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.

Improving conservation of crop wild relatives

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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 […]