'The Real "Food Security" Issue is to Conserve Natural Resources' , says BirdLife

BirdLife has published a new paper – “Food security, climate change & biodiversity” – which coincided with the recently ended  meeting of the G8 agriculture ministers in Rome. The paper reviews the relationship between food security, climate change and biodiversity. It attempts to dispel the arguments put forward by some interest groups that last year’s […]

Bits and pieces from the just -ended G8 Agriculture Ministers meeting in Italy (18-21 April 2009)

Agriculture ministers from the G8  called  for increased agriculture production as a way to combat world hunger.  They together with also  representatives from key emerging and developing countries, called for a study into setting up a global system to stockpile essential foodstuffs. In their final declaration,  they  called on the relevant international institutions to examine […]

Global plant breeding partnership issues call for proposals

The Global Partnership Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building has launched its call for proposals on “State of knowledge on breeding for durable resistance to rust threatening crop production in the developing world”. For more information visit the website: km.fao.org/gipb/ All interested parties are invited to submit proposals before April 30, 2009.

UNEP Ecosystem Management Programme – A new approach to sustainability

The UNEP Ecosystem Management Programme aims to transform sector-based environmental management into an ecosystem-based approach that integrates forests, land, freshwater, and coastal ecosystems where they impact upon the overall delivery of ecosystem services. The new programme is guided by five major interlinked elements: human well-being, indirect and direct drivers of change, ecosystem functioning and ecosystem […]

North–South Agricultural Research Partnerships

New formula for US-South research funding North–South agricultural research partnerships will gain another source of funding thanks to a new partnership in which the country’s National Science Foundation (NSF) can get involved in collaboration with developing-country scientists. Read the article

Rothamsted International African Fellows Programme: Call for applications

The RI African Fellows Programme aims at facilitating capacity building and training in agricultural science by providing sub-Saharan African scientists with Fellowships to work with a research group at a European laboratory. With Africa facing major problems such as malnutrition, poverty and incrasing food insecurity, the African Fellows Programme addresses specific local agricultural problems to […]