Animal Genetic Resources, Access and Benefit Sharing

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The confusion of the delegates of the Eighth session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Animal Genetic Resources about how to apply the concept of “Access and Benefit-Sharing” to animal genetic resources was palpable, says Ilse Köhler-Rollefson in her blog written after the recent meeting of the Technical Working Group. You can read more of her thoughts in the blog: Animal genetic resources and “Access and Benefit-Sharing”: not made for each other?

Participatory agricultural research methods: theory key to gain wider acceptance

An example of participatory agricultural research with CIMMYT in Kenya / Photo: CIMMYT

What must we do to gain wider acceptance of participatory agricultural research (PAR) methods within the mainstream of the CGIAR system and beyond? This was one of the topics of discussion at the PARADE workshop. Professor Paul Sillitoe (Department of Anthropology, Durham University) believes the answer to the question will in no small part depend on addressing some of the deep-seated contradictions within development discourse. Pr. Sillitoe outlined the deeply entrenched incongruities that PAR practitioners must resolve, or at least acknowledge. The list is long (17 points in all), which underscores how deeply conflicted our discourse is.

Indigenous Biocultural Diversity in Times of Neoliberalism and Climate Change

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For the last 26 years in the Peruvian Andes, twenty Nuclei of Andean-Amazonian Cultural Affirmation (NACA), associated with the Andean Project for Peasant Technologies (PRATEC), have advocated for respectful dialogue between different knowledge systems and “saberes”. NACAPRATEC’s proposal takes up the challenge of regenerating the Andean biocultural landscape by focusing on Andean community-based mechanisms, traditional knowledge and cultural practices that contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and food sufficiency, the nurturance of “Kawsay” (life as a whole) as the foundation and engine for Andean-Amazonian cultural affirmation.

On languages and sorghum diversity! Is there a link?

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Researcher say there is a link! Read this interesting article on research that has revealed that sorghum diversity and ethnolinguistic groups are associated in Africa. They identified three major sorghum populations: a Central population co-distributed with the Nilo-Saharan language family; a Southern population co-distributed with the Bantu languages; and a Northern population distributed across northern Niger-Congo […]

Nutrition Improved through Plant Breeding: results of an IDRC Project in Ethiopia

Female farmers discussing the importance of chickpea at Halaba, Ethiopia

Southern Ethiopian farmers have achieved a two-fold increase in chickpea productivity through enhanced soil health and improved crop varieties. At the same time, improved food processing, preparation methods and education programs have contributed to better nutrition, including through the incorporation of chickpeas into diets. These are the findings of the ‘Improving Nutrition in Ethiopia through […]

Call For Papers for Agroecolog​y, small scale farming and regional developmen​t

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Future of Food: Journal for Food, Agriculture and Society  would like to call research papers, book reviews, alternative views and reports for the Vol. 2 , Nr.  2 of the FOFJ journal on the theme of “Agroecology, small scale farming and regional development”. The Climate change impact on Agroecology and small scale farming could alter […]