From Genes to Landscapes in Mesoamerica

Some feedback on the conference “Agrobiodiversity in Mesoamerica — From Genes to Landscapes.”which took  place 20-24 September 2010, at CATIE, Turrialba, Costa Rica. The article describes why it is important to think about the need to urgently conserve the agrobiodiversity. Not only does the author describe the visible losses of agrobiodiversity, they also highlight the importance […]

PRATEC, Andean communities and the importance of their “crianza”

   PRATEC, the Andean Project for Peasant Technologies (Proyecto Andino para las Tecnologías Campesinas) is a Peruvian non-governmental organization, founded in 1988 and devoted to the recovery and valorisation of traditional agricultural practices and associated knowledge.   PRATEC participates in the efforts of Andean Amazonian peasant communities to counter the socially and ecologically destructive effects of industrial […]

The Potato Park: Conserving Agrobiodiversity and the Andean Ancient Culture

The Potato Park is a new local model for the conservation of agro-biodiversity established in 1998 by the Association ANDES and six indigenous Kechua communities in Pisaq, Cuzco, Peru. Based on traditional Andean models, such as the integrated management of the nature of the landscape and the strengthening of local sustainable activities and poverty alleviation strategies, […]

Traditional Food Crops Provide Community Resilience in Face of Climate Change

By incorporating indigenous vegetables and increasing crop diversity, farmers in Zimbabwe improved their diets and increased agricultural resilience. A recent study by researchers from Cornell and Rhodes universities and the Sebakwe Black Rhino Conservation Trust found that traditional food crops, such as mubovora (pumpkin) and ipwa (sweet reed), are an important source of community resilience […]

The Africulture Project in the Eastern Cape. South Africa

Written by Georgina McAllister,  GardenAfrica (UK), Michelle Griffith Umthathi Training Project (RSA) and Prof. Monique Simmonds, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (UK)  The Africulture Project’s specific focus is the protection of the biodiversity of South Africa’s Thicket Biome  a biome which is under serious threat due to the over exploitation of medicinal and other species, as […]

Agrobiodiversity for Livelihood Security: a case study of agroforestry technologies in Mexico

The article examines the livelihood benefits associated with agrobiodiversity in Veracruz, Mexico. Citrus-based agriculture is the principal economic activity in the agricultural sector of the state of Veracruz. It is practiced in mono-crop plantations by the majority of farmers, who are rendered vulnerable to price depreciation resulting from simultaneous harvest and over-supply of a single […]