As the first Africa Drylands Week unfolds (which will culminate with the annual World Day to Combat Desertification this Friday, June 17), it may be useful to look at the world’s trees and forests in terms of agrobiodiversity – or, more specifically, how their absence can significantly reduce biodiversity in a community, with severe social […]
This video was prepared by local community members of Nongtraw village, Meghalaya, in North West India, as part of the project Indigenous Partnership for Food Sovereignty and Agrobiodiversity. It shows the community’s traditional practices and systems for growing local crops such as millet and medicinal tea.
In a guest blog post, Cary Fowler, Nourishing the Planet Advisory Group member, explains the importance of implementing a combination of crop diversity conservation strategies such as supporting genebanks as well as protecting crops on farms and natural habitats. “Partisans in our crop diversity community are wrong when they argue that all our eggs should be placed in one basket,” she says. “[Good farmers] would never have bet the farm on one crop. And they certainly wouldn’t bet the future of agriculture on one conservation strategy.”
In partnership with the University of Alberta , Canada, the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (Center for Research on Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development) has secured funding for a 42-month long research project to explore the effectiveness of agrobiodiverity initiatives in addressing poverty and malnutrition in three regions of India. The Hindu, an Indian newspaper, reports […]
Pollinators, bees in particular, are crucial for the ecosystem. They pollinate plants and fruit which are part of humans’ diets. They are indispensable for plants and animals species, and the ecosystem would collapse without them.
But they are in deep danger, mostly because of the large use of insecticides. In order to save them, farmers and gardeners should start using organic methods such as growing pollinator-friendly plants and flowers to attract them. This is also the first step towards a healthy ecosytem wich can allow greater biodiversity, sustainability and resilience of bees.