Established in 1991, the European Tropical Forest Research Network (ETFRN) aims to ensure that European research contributes to conservation and sustainable use of forest and tree resources in tropical and subtropical countries.
Based on approaches promoted by Dr. Melaku Worede who is internationally renowned for his pioneering work in plant genetic research and his role in restoring Ethiopia’s food security. Dr Worede and his staff collected and safely stored a considerable amount of Ethiopia’s seeds and plant materials and in the process established one of the world’s best genetic conservation systems!
From the IYFF meeting in Abu Dhabi “Family Farming can and must become the cornerstone of solid sustainable rural development, conceived of as an integral part of the global and harmonised development of each nation and each people while preserving the environment and natural resources”.
Grain and seed banks run by women, in Sunderbans, make the difference between starvation and food security for millions in one of the worst climate hotspots of the world.
This is an extracted from a post by Terry Clayton based on contributions by Paul Sillitoe (Durham University) at the Participatory Agricultural Research: Approaches, Design and Evaluation (PARADE) workshop held in Oxford from 9-13 December 2013.