Data Processing Workshop for Linking Participatory Diagnostic Data with Field Trials: Focus Group Discussions, Household Surveys, Farmer Field Infestation Observations and On-Farm Trials

Held by Devra Jarvis, Carlo Fadda  and Paola De Santis, and attended by two participants from each partner country (China, Ecuador, Morocco, Uganda)

10th World Congress on Parasitic Plants June 08-12 2009, Kusadasi, Turkey

The International Parasitic Plant Society is now holding its World Congress every two years, rather than every three to five years, with the 10th event being held this June in Kusadasi, Turkey. “The rate of progress in parasitic plant research has been accelerating in recent years, and new approaches and resources have led to breakthroughs […]

Salt surge puts rice in peril in Bangladesh.

In a  obscure village perched on the rugged coastline along the Bay of Bengal, climate change exudes a taste – the taste of salt. Salt is slowly making its way to the rice paddies of farmers , destroying their only source of income. “These white particles severely impede rice productivity,” says one farmer “Paddy husks take […]

Ecological and Organic Agriculture: Yields

The world is facing a global food crisis. Can ecological agriculture  be productive enough to meet the world’s needs? While many agree that ecological agriculture is desirable from an environmental and social point of view, there remain fears that ecological and organic agriculture produce low yields. Read the original article on this topic at Pambazuka […]

Global food crisis will deepen without action to support small farmers, warns Fairtrade Foundation

Efforts to tackle the global food crisis will fail without urgent action to support small farmers in developing countries, says the Fairtrade Foundation in a new report launched today, The Global Food Crisis and Fairtrade: Small farmers, big solutions? Read more:

PROINPA clinches two awards at the "Innovations in Agricultural Marketing Workshop (Feb 12-13, 2009) in La Paz"

The Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research would like to congratulate  the PROINPA Foundation on winning  two awards in the Innovations in Agricultural Marketing workshop held in La Paz in  February 2009. The objectives of the event were to : a) Present experiences and learning in agricultural sales and marketing, b) to exchange ideas on marketing and c) Develop […]