Agrobiodiversity as a Critical and Emerging Issue in the 2nd note by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition

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Agrobiodiversity was identified as one of the nine main critical and/or emerging issues in the second note by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) that was requested by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). The note will be released during the 44th Plenary Session of the CFS, in October 2017, […]

Application now open: Short Course on Crop Genetic Diversity in the Field and on the Farm, Principles and Applications in Research Practices

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Università di Roma Sapienza, in collaboration with the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research (PAR) and Bioversity International, will be holding a one week credited short course  on “Crop Genetic Diversity in the Field and on the Farm- Principles and Applications in Research Practice”, based on a text book by the same title. The course will be […]

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 […]

International Day of Forest 21st March 2017

Kayapo warriors move through the forest with shotguns and axes in search of fresh game. Photo credit: Martin Scholler, National Geographic

In her message on the occasion of the International Day of Forests 21 March 2017, the new Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Cristiana Paşca Palmer, put emphasis on how forests can contribute to three pressing issues, in a complementary and sustainable way: securing sustainable energy globally, while at the same time being essential for biodiversity, healthy ecosystems, and climate change mitigation. Some points of this message are reported here.

Call for applications – Organic farming innovation award (OFIA)

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The call for the 3rd Organic Farming Innovation Award (OFIA) is open. You are invited to submit your own application or propose an innovator in the organic agriculture sector. The deadline for the application is 31 March 2017.  Winners receive a monetary prize (10,000 US$ for Grand Prize and 5,000 US$ for Science Prize). The award ceremony will be […]

Book Announcement and Call for Papers: Farmer Innovations and Best Practices by Shifting Cultivators in Asia-Pacific

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A trilogy of books has been designed as a sequel to the highly-acclaimed publication “Voices from the Forest: Integrating Indigenous Knowledge into Sustainable Upland Farming” (RFF Press, 2007) that brought scientific attention to indigenous innovations in improved fallow management. The first volume of the trilogy is advertised online at https://www.amazon.com/Shifting-Cultivation-Environmental-Change-Conservation/dp/ and the second (“Shifting Cultivation Policies: Balancing Environmental and Social Sustainability) […]