Electronic consultation on Integrated Crop-Livestock Systems for Development

FAO, IICA, IFAD and Embrapa invite interested individuals to participate in  electronic consultation on Integrated Crop-Livestock Systems for Development: The way forward for sustainable production intensification to be held during February 2010.  This consultation  will set the stage for a face-to-face workshop in Brazil to be held 23-26 March 2010. The topics for discussion are:  Promising […]

Recognising and enhancing local innovation in managing agricultural biodiversity

A 2009 publication by Fetien Abay, Edson Gandarillas, Pratap Shrestha, Ann Waters-Bayer & Mariana Wongtschowski. The article focuses on how the  innovativeness of local people in managing agrobiodiversity  changes over time. It looks at the  current dynamics of indigenous knowledge (IK): how farmers, on their own initiative, develop new ways of using and managing genetic […]

Grassroots Voices: Linking farmers' movements for advocacy and practice

Over the last thirty years the farmers in these networks have demonstrated their capacity to share information and knowledge. Their commitment to agroecological agriculture has resulted in a body of agrarian demands specific to sustainable peasant agriculture. It is now common among these farmers to hear the term food sovereignty. However, because most of these […]

Food crisis looms as climate change threatens cassava production

Recent studies by Australian scientists have shown that the crops become more toxic and produce smaller yields in environments with higher carbon dioxide levels and more droughts. The findings, presented recently at a conference in Glasgow, Scotland, underscored the need to develop climate-change-resistant cultivars to feed rapidly growing human populations, said Ros Gleadow of the […]

Training and funding opportunities

Research Grants, Center for Tropical Forest  Science Location: Global Closing Date: 4 April 2010 More at: http://www.ctfs.si.edu/group/Grants+%26+Training/Grants ICIPE  -PhD  Fellowship call The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) and its partners are seeking a PhD student to conduct research on the future effects of global warming on cereal stem borers and related natural […]

Other 2010 Events.

Workshop on Capacity development for farm management strategies to improve Crop-Water Productivity using AquaCrop. Bloemfontein , South Africa 1-5 March 2010 The 5TH All African Society of Animal Production. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. October 25-28, 2010. Theme: Commercialization of Livestock Agriculture in Africa: Challenges and opportunities  Land reform and management of natural resources in Africa and Latin […]