Africa Analysis: A level playing field for biodiversity

In her monthly Africa Analysis column, Linda Nordling asks how Africa can achieve new biodiversity goals

SIDE EVENT AT UNFCCC COP 15 in Copenhagen , 2009

“Building the global biodiversity information commons for climate change adaptation” The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and Bioversity International (BI) will convene an official side event on the importance of biodiversity and international cooperation in informatics and science within the context of climate change adaptation, agriculture and food security. Short and medium term adaptation and […]

Scientific Approaches towards "Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Production Landscapes”

The Centre for Environmental Studies (CFES) at the University of Pretoria conducted a workshop in Cape Town, South Africa, on “Scientific Approaches towards mainstreaming Biodiversity in Production Landscapes”. The workshop was hosted on the premises of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, and facilitated by CIRAD, the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development, […]

"Democratising the governance of food systems: Strengthening the voice of the excluded in agricultural research and its governance"

Throughout the world, public funded research shapes the choices that are available to farmers, food workers, consumers, and the environments in which they live and work. There is an increasing need to explore ways of democratising the governance of science and technology, ensuring that it continues to serve the public good rather than narrow economic […]

Food, Humanity, Habitat and How We Get to 2050

In the editorial observer section of October 27th’s New York Times, a succinct summary of where the crucial issues of food, climate change, and biodiversity all meet. In this enlightening summary ,  writer Verlyn Klinkenborg  says   “The only way to do that is to think about the habitat of all other species as the frame […]


The October issue of Seedling, now available online, is devoted to the climate crisis. It looks at the role of industrial agriculture in creating the climate crisis and examines how this contribution has been seriously underestimated. The global food system is, in fact, the most important single factor behind global warming, responsible for almost half […]