A Guide to the Identification and Importance of Custodian Farmers

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A new working paper has been published that provides a two-page guidance for identifying Custodian Farmers, and understanding their importance for agrobiodiversity conservation. Produced by Alexander Byrners (Bioversity-Nepal/Princeton University) and Bhuwon Sthapit (Bioversity-Nepal), it builds on extensive field experience and participatory identification of individuals that maintain, adapt, and disseminate agricultural biodiversity on farm and community levels, […]

“With Our Own Hands” wins most prestigious international cookbook award 2016

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Researchers Frederik van Oudenhoven and Jamila Haider from the Stockholm Resilience Centre received the Gourmand World Cookbook Award 2016 for ‘With Our Own Hands’. After the book’s publication in April 2015 PAR reported in May this year, when the research team returned to the Pamir Mountains to share 1700 copies in the local language with the community […]

New report: Food systems experts urge global shift towards diversified farming systems

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We are pleased to hear that on the 2nd of June a new report was released by the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food), urging for a global shift from industrial agriculture towards diversified, agroecological solutions. The report was shared at the 8th Trondheim conference on Biodiversity that was themed “Food systems for […]

Tropical Fruit Tree Diversity: Good practices for in situ and on-farm conservation

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New book edited by Bhuwon Sthapit, Hugo A.H. Lamers, V. Ramanatha Rao, Arwen Bailey Farmers have developed a range of agricultural practices to sustainably use and maintain a wide diversity of crop species in many parts of the world. This book documents good practices innovated by farmers and collects key reviews on good practices from […]

Assessing the effects of land-use change on agrobiodiversity in Tshongogwe, Zimbabwe

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Together with partners, PAR is undertaking an interdisciplinary research project in eight biocultural landscapes. The project  “Supporting Agrobiodiversity Maintenance and Use in the Context of 
Land Management Decisions” is funded by The Christensen Fund. One of the eight landscapes is Tshongogwe in Zimbabwe, where PAR works with Southern Alliance for Indigenous Resources (SAFIRE). Tshongogwe is […]

Back to the Pamirs: “With our own hands”

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By Jamila Haider and Frederik van Oudenhoven Latofat, a school Principal in Bartang valley, the most remote valley of the Pamir Mountains, sometimes wondered if the two foreigners who, four years ago,  showed up at her door unannounced saying they were collecting recipes about Pamiri food would ever return. She was also a bit sceptical […]