Strengthening Agrobiodiversity: A Key Adaptation Strategy for Latin America’s Mountain Ecosystems

Evidence and Lessons from Latin America (ELLA), May 2012 With their high levels of agrobiodiversity, Latin American countries are implementing innovative research programmes and policies to conserve native and wild crop and animal species. Their work is helping to both promote diversity and facilitate climate change adaptation. Strengthening Agrobiodiversity: A Key Adaptation Strategy for Latin […]

Biodiversity and Culture: Exploring Community Protocols, Rights and Consent (PLA 65)

International Institute for Environment and Development, Guest edited by Krystyan Swiderska, Kanchi Kohli, Harry Jonas, Holly Shrumm, Wim Hienstra, and Maria Julia Oliva  Many rural communities in the global South – including some 370 million indigenous peoples – are directly dependent on biodiversity and related traditional knowledge for their livelihoods, food security, healthcare and well-being. […]

Swiss to Extend Agro-Biodiversity Initiative in Laos

By Khamphone Syvongxay, Vientiane Times The Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC) will provide Laos US$6.3 million to continue the work of the Agro-Biodiversity Initiative (Tabi) project. Phase I was undertaken within 13 development village groups totalling 104 villages in the Phoukoud district, the Xieng Khuang province, the Phonxay district, and the Luang Prabang province.  […]

Genetic Resources Policy blog

The Genetic Resources Policy blog, initiated in February 2012, features a new project supporting implementation of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in a number of countries. The blog focuses mainly on issues related to the multilateral system of access and benefit-sharing in the project countries, and makes links to […]

Policy Brief: Securing Farmers’ Rights and Seed Sovereignty in South Africa

By Rachel Wynberg, Jaci van Niekerk, Rose Williams and Lawrence Mkhaliphi   Focusing on small-scale farmers, their indigenous agricultural knowledge and practices, and the traditional varieties that they grow, this Biowatch Policy Brief reviews farmers’ rights in South Africa and the extent to which policies, laws and practices support seed sovereignty and the conservation of […]