ITPGRFA survey on sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture

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The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) is seeking responses to a survey in order to advance the development of a toolbox to provide Contracting Parties with a comprehensive set of resources to enhance the effectiveness of activities promoting the sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA). Click on the links provided to participate into the survey by 24 May 2015!

PAR Workshop on Assessing the Effects of Land Use Change on Agrobiodiversity

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In collaboration with eight partner organisations, PAR is undertaking a study to develop a framework that will integrate different agrobiodiversity measures to support the analysis of the consequences of land use decisions on agrobiodiversity, ecosystem services and resilience. A first workshop with partner organisations, hosted by the International Pollinator Initiative, took place on 6-9 October, 2014 in Rome, Italy. The participants met to share experiences and to agree on common approaches, methodology for data collection and working practices.

Call for Applications for 2015 AWARD Fellowships

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African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) is a career-development program that equips top women agricultural scientists across sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate agricultural gains by strengthening their research and leadership skills, through tailored fellowships. AWARD is a catalyst for innovations with high potential to contribute to the prosperity and well-being of African smallholder farmers, […]

The use of agrobiodiversity for plant improvement and the intellectual property paradigm: institutional fit and legal tools for mass selection, conventional and molecular plant breeding

Analysing paradigmatic fit: expected effects of the strong intellectual property paradigm and partially open innovation in the main fields of application of plant improvement

A new publication from College Thomas More, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium: The use of agrobiodiversity for plant improvement and the intellectual property paradigm: institutional fit and legal tools for mass selection, conventional and molecular plant breeding.

Biodiversity-Climate Change Nexus highlited by UNEP-WCMC

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The UN Environment Programme – World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) issued a policy brief explaining the importance of integrating biodiversity concerns in climate change policies, programmes and projects and presenting recommendations and tools for achieving synergies.

State of the World’s Forests and FAO Committee on Forestry

State of the World's Forests 2014 (SOFO)

FAO’s flagship publication The State of the World’s Forests (SOFO), was presented this week at the opening of the 22nd Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO), and shows that a significant proportion of the world population relies on forest products to meet basic needs for energy, shelter and some aspects of primary healthcare […]