New publication with contribution from PAR coordinator: a Compendium of Perspectives on Agricultural Biodiversity from Around the World

During the IUCN World Conservation Congress on September 3rfofpicd 2016 in Honolulu, the Global Alliance for the Future of Food has launched a new publication The Future of Food: Seeds of Resilience, A Compendium of Perspectives on Agricultural Biodiversity from Around the World. 

The publication includes an Opportunities Report by PAR coordinator, Toby Hodgkin and Emile Frison, as well as twelve commentaries from a diverse range of experts, including farmers, community activists, business representatives, researchers, and scientists to better understand where we could collectively focus our efforts to address this issue.

The compendium highlights:

  • Threats to, and factors affecting, the preservation and maintenance of seed biodiversity;
  • What is needed to protect and enhance community based seed systems;
  • The social institutions and socio-economic factors that are supporting seed biodiversity;
  • Good policy practice on, and barriers to, agricultural biodiversity embedded in legislation at international, national and regional levels; and,
  • Key actors in agricultural biodiversity, funding gaps, and recommendations for strengthening community based efforts.

The Global Alliance will be will be sharing its recommendations and exploring how to best work with others to strengthen support for community based and farmer managed seed systems at key events over the coming months.

Find the full report, synthesis and key messages here.