Extension until July 1, 2018 for Call for Papers: Farmer Innovations and Best Practices by Shifting Cultivators in Asia-Pacific

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Exciting news for those of you who still wish to contribute their unique findings on farmer innovations and best practices in swidden systems: The deadline for submitting papers to be published in the volume “Farmer Innovations and Best Practices by Shifting Cultivators in Asia-Pacific” has been extended to July 1, 2018. A trilogy of books has been designed as […]

The Time is Ripe – for Governments to Strengthen Sustainable and Food-Secure Farming

Front cover of "The Time is Ripe". Credit: QUNO

In November 2016, QUNO’s (Quaker United Nations Office) Food & Sustainability Programme hosted an expert consultation on the role of the public sector in supporting small-scale farmers and agricultural biodiversity. One of the outputs of this consultation is the recently published a call to action paper entitled The Time is Ripe for Governments to Strengthen Sustainable […]

Launch of the 14th year of the International PhD Programme in Agrobiodiversity

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The Institute o Life Sciences at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa, Italy (SSSA) will soon launch the 14th year of its International PhD Programme in Agrobiodiversity. The Programme is run in collaboration with the Italian National Academy of Sciences and is funded by the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MiUR). The main aim of this three-year PhD Programme is to enhance human resource capacities […]

Course in Spanish “Pollination and Conservation of Genetic Diversity in Fruit Crops” in Cartagena de las Indias, Colombia – inscription now open until August 31st

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A course in Spanish language on pollination and conservation of genetic diversity in Native American fruit crops will be held in Cartagena de las Indias, Colombia from 10-14th of October 2016. The course is organized by the Instituto de Hortofruticultura Subtropical y Mediterránea with headquarters in Málaga, Spain, and aims to facilitate training for both interested […]

Farming Matters Special Issue: Genetic resources access and benefit sharing for family farmers?

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Access and benefit sharing of plant genetic resources is a crucial but very complex, political and legalistic matter. Does the formal system work for family farmers? As we see in this special issue of Farming Matters, co-produced with Bioversity International, it poses many challenges. At the same time, farmers around the world are leading successful […]

New Book on Pollination Services to Agriculture

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Title: Pollination Services to Agriculture – Sustaining and enhancing a key ecosystem service Edited by Barbara Gemmill-Herren Co-published with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations “This publication illustrates some of the impressive amount of work that has been carried out focusing on pollinators and pollination in recent years… I would like […]