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Global Survey – ways and means to conserve and use genetic diversity

At its last meeting the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture requested its Secretariat to carry out a survey that would help identify “Lessons learned about the ways and means to conserve and use genetic diversity to build resilience to climate change in food and agriculture systems”. This survey was carried out […]

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Food and farming in the UN climate talks

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What do the UN Climate talks mean for food and farming? The global research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and partners are sharing knowledge and exchanging experiences at the UN Climate Talks from 1-12 December and during the Global Landscape Forum, 6-7 December 2014 in Lima, Peru. Of particular interest was the meeting on 6 December: The role of genetic diversity, traditional knowledge and restoration of native plants in climate adaptation and resilience. Speakers included Alejandro Argumedo from Andes, and Marleni Ramirez from Bioversity International.

Animal Genetic Resources, Access and Benefit Sharing

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The confusion of the delegates of the Eighth session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Animal Genetic Resources about how to apply the concept of “Access and Benefit-Sharing” to animal genetic resources was palpable, says Ilse Köhler-Rollefson in her blog written after the recent meeting of the Technical Working Group. You can read more of her thoughts in the blog: Animal genetic resources and “Access and Benefit-Sharing”: not made for each other?

Promoting agrobiodiversity conservation and use in Sri Lankan agroecosystems for livelihoods and adaptation to climate change

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A major new UNEP GEF supported project that will build resilience and help rural communities meet the challenges of climate change through the conservation and use of agrobiodiversity has recently started in Sri Lanka. The role of agrobiodiversity in helping farmers and rural communities to adapt to climate change and to improve their livelihoods will be explored during this 5-years project. The project, which includes a number of aspects that make it extremely innovative, is being undertaken in collaboration with communities in three different landscapes: Kandyan home gardens, “small tank” systems and “owita” agro-ecosystem.

Fifth IPSI Global Conference (IPSI-5) and IPSI side-event at CBD COP-12

Participants to the 5th IPSI Global Conference, Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, 4-5 October 2014 / The Satoyama Initiative

Dr. Pablo Eyzaguirre, from the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research and Bioversity International presented the “Indicators of resilience in Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS): Indicators for managing renewable resources in pastures and seascapes” at a International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI) side-event during the recent meeting of the 12th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP-12) in October in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. Dr. Eyzaguirre also moderated another side event during COP-12, hosted by the United Nations University Institute for Advances Studies on Sustainability (UNU-IAS) entitled “Mobilizing Resources for Mainstreaming Biodiversity into Production Landscapes and Seascapes”.

Community Seed Banks in Ethiopia: An innovative approach to improving food security

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The community seed bank in Chefe Donsa, a village two hours’ drive east of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, collects and preserves the seeds of local crops to ensure farmers have a steady supply of seeds to sow each year.

PAR Workshop on Assessing the Effects of Land Use Change on Agrobiodiversity

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In collaboration with eight partner organisations, PAR is undertaking a study to develop a framework that will integrate different agrobiodiversity measures to support the analysis of the consequences of land use decisions on agrobiodiversity, ecosystem services and resilience. A first workshop with partner organisations, hosted by the International Pollinator Initiative, took place on 6-9 October, 2014 in Rome, Italy. The participants met to share experiences and to agree on common approaches, methodology for data collection and working practices.