Opportunity for Masters Students in design of learning materials for facilitators of Innovation Platforms

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Masters Student to work with staff of the Capacity Development Unit of ILRI to develop and pilot test training materials for facilitators of innovation platforms. The materials will be used to develop a blended learning program comprising online lessons and face-to-face training activities. These materials […]

Women forging change with agroecology – Farming matters new issue

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The December 2015 issue of Farming Matters presents stories about women from all over the world who are forging positive change through agroecology on their farms and in their communities. Many innovations led by women are based on agroecological principles such as increasing diversity, using fewer pesticides, or building new relationships with consumers. Through small […]

Call for articles: Valuing underutilised crops

As family farming, nutrition and agrobiodiversity are increasingly put in the spotlight, Farming Matters focuses its attention on ‘underutilised’ crops. These are plant species that have been used for centuries or even millennia as food, fibre, fodder, oil or medicine, but are no longer very common. Many of these crops are of great value for […]

New Website: Local Crop Project in Nepal

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The “Local Crop Project: Integrating Traditional Crop Genetic Diversity for Mountain Food Security” Website was launched on 29 January 2016, during the Second Project Steering Committee meeting  held in Kathmandu. The Local Crop Project’s goal is to improve livelihoods and food security of target communities in Nepal, through the conservation and use of traditional crop […]

Farmers in Africa are opting to buy seed from informal markets rather than relying on their saved seed.

Recent research findings  have shown that instead of relying on saved seeds for new crops, farmers in Africa are opting to buy  seed from local markets or friends.  Our work is significant because it indicates smallholder farmers are far more likely to purchase seed rather than rely on saved seed,” says  Louise Sperling, a Senior Technical […]