Keeping you up to date on orphan crops research

Photo credit : Joan Campderrós-i-Canas, modified (Creative Commons 2.0)

Learn about the Neglected and Underutilized Species (NUS) Community, its news information service and how to get involved. A quarterly newsletter and/or follow @NUS_Community on twitter to be informed about and engaged in this exciting field of agricultural development.

Landscape and spirituality in the Bolivian highlands

In the Aymaran community of Cachilaya, in Bolivia, Campos protects the community against bad weather situations and magic by reading natural indicators. Stars and clouds will help them forecast bad weather that they will fight by blowing horns or using other methods. If the fight is lost, they prevent the community to take measures to protect their crops. Read about the Andean view of the world and spirituality linked with the landscape use and management of this Aymaran community.

IPBES Call for Young Fellows for Regional and Land Degradation/Restoration Assessments

Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

IPBES calls for nominations of fellows for the young fellows pilot programme. Fellows may participate in the regional and sub-regional assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services or the thematic assessment of land degradation and restoration. Interested fellows are requested to fill out their application on-line no later than 31 May 2015.

Equator Prize 2015 Call for Nominations now open!

Equator Prize 2015 / Photo credit: Equator Initiative

The Equator Prize 2015 will be awarded to 20 outstanding local and indigenous community initiatives that are advancing innovative solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. Each winning initiative will receive US$ 10,000 and be supported to participate in a series of special events at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, France in December 2015.

Earthquake in Nepal: LI-BIRD Relief and Rebuilding Plan


The 7.6 Richter scale magnitude earthquake in Nepal of 25 April 2015, followed by more than 140 aftershocks, has destroyed more than 191,000 houses and damaged 175,000 more. More than 7300 people have been confirmed dead and over 14,000 have been injured. Humanitarian relief work is scaling up distribution, however, logistics remain challenging with a real risk of effort duplication. District Disaster Relief Committee (DDRC) and VDCs are facilitating coordination of relief efforts. Our friends at LI-BIRD (Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development), based in Pokhara, Nepal, are responding to the disaster with a three phase plan.

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


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!