New book: With our own hands – Food and life in the Pamir mountains


In the autumn of 2009, a grandmother in the village of Mun, in the Ghund valley of the Tajik Pamir Mountains, approached two young researchers and asked them to write down her old recipes. “I want to share them with my children and grandchildren while I still remember what I know,” she said.

Harnessing agricultural biodiversity to reduce hunger and malnutrition

Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition Initiative (BFN)

Agricultural biodiversity, health and nutrition are vitally connected. Biological variety can provide local solutions to diet-related nutrition and health conditions, yet much of this diversity and traditional knowledge associated with it is disappearing. Take a look at the recent updated flyer that the “Mainstreaming Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use for Improved Nutrition and Well-Being Initiative” (Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition for short) has recently published highlighting recent country successes.

IPBES Call for nomination of experts

Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

The Chair of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in a letter dated 5 February 2015 has called for nominations for experts for: the regional and sub-regional assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services (Deliverable 2b); the thematic assessment of land degradation and restoration (Deliverable 3bi); the scoping for a global assessment of […]

Promoting agrobiodiversity conservation and use in Sri Lankan agroecosystems for livelihoods and adaptation to climate change

Small tank system, Sri Lanka

A major new UNEP GEF supported project that will build resilience and help rural communities meet the challenges of climate change through the conservation and use of agrobiodiversity has recently started in Sri Lanka. The role of agrobiodiversity in helping farmers and rural communities to adapt to climate change and to improve their livelihoods will be explored during this 5-years project. The project, which includes a number of aspects that make it extremely innovative, is being undertaken in collaboration with communities in three different landscapes: Kandyan home gardens, “small tank” systems and “owita” agro-ecosystem.

Community Seed Banks in Ethiopia: An innovative approach to improving food security

The community seed bank in Chefe Donsa, a village two hours’ drive east of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, collects and preserves the seeds of local crops to ensure farmers have a steady supply of seeds to sow each year.

“No seeds, no future” a short Biowatch/Oxfam film

Photo credit: Biowatch South Africa

For many generations subsistence farmers have successfully grown their own fruits and vegetables, and reared their own livestock. KwaHhohho in Mtubatuba, KwaZulu-Natal, has a rich history of these traditional farming practices. But these are under threat, and this small farming community is fighting to save their natural seeds and traditional farming culture. “No seeds, no future” is the story of how a community market garden, developed using agroecological methods, has helped these farmers secure their food sovereignty.