Increasing homogeneity in global food supplies and the implications for food security

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By Colin K. Khourya, Anne D. Bjorkmanc, Hannes Dempewolf, Julian Ramirez-Villegas, Luigi Guarino, Andy Jarvis, Loren H. Riesebergd, and Paul C. Struik This publication provides evidence of change in the relative importance of different crop plants in national food supplies worldwide over the past 50 years. Within a global trend of increased overall quantities of […]

Conserving potato agrobiodiversity: Top-down and bottom-up approach needed

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Mashed, smashed and fried, Americans love potatoes, but only a few varieties are grown in much of North American agriculture. In South America, where potatoes originated, more than 5,000 varieties continue to exist. Th

Custodians of diversity: Ethiopia’s small farmers participate in conservation

Source: The Guardian

Based on approaches promoted by Dr. Melaku Worede who is internationally renowned for his pioneering work in plant genetic research and his role in restoring Ethiopia’s food security. Dr Worede and his staff collected and safely stored a considerable amount of Ethiopia’s seeds and plant materials and in the process established one of the world’s best genetic conservation systems!

Women, seed banks and climate change

Source:  Women's Feature Services

Grain and seed banks run by women, in Sunderbans, make the difference between starvation and food security for millions in one of the worst climate hotspots of the world.

Call for articles: Family farmers breaking out of poverty

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Call for articles: The June 2014 issue of Farming Matters will focus on how agroecological approaches strengthen the resilience of family farmers and help them alleviate poverty.

Seeds for Life: Scaling up agrobiodiversity

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By Teresa Anderson and Christine Campeau. Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, The Gaia Foundation, African Biodiversity Network, 2013. Farmers can grow resilient, nutritious foods to feed the world,  despite the negative impacts of climate change and other challenges. There is need to develop strategies that can revive seed diversity which has since disappeared from crop fields. These […]