The Time is Ripe – for Governments to Strengthen Sustainable and Food-Secure Farming

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In November 2016, QUNO’s (Quaker United Nations Office) Food & Sustainability Programme hosted an expert consultation on the role of the public sector in supporting small-scale farmers and agricultural biodiversity. One of the outputs of this consultation is the recently published a call to action paper entitled The Time is Ripe for Governments to Strengthen Sustainable […]

Book Announcement and Call for Papers: Farmer Innovations and Best Practices by Shifting Cultivators in Asia-Pacific

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A trilogy of books has been designed as a sequel to the highly-acclaimed publication “Voices from the Forest: Integrating Indigenous Knowledge into Sustainable Upland Farming” (RFF Press, 2007) that brought scientific attention to indigenous innovations in improved fallow management. The first volume of the trilogy is advertised online at https://www.amazon.com/Shifting-Cultivation-Environmental-Change-Conservation/dp/ and the second (“Shifting Cultivation Policies: Balancing Environmental and Social Sustainability) […]

New publication with contribution from PAR coordinator: a Compendium of Perspectives on Agricultural Biodiversity from Around the World

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During the IUCN World Conservation Congress on September 3rd 2016 in Honolulu, the Global Alliance for the Future of Food has launched a new publication The Future of Food: Seeds of Resilience, A Compendium of Perspectives on Agricultural Biodiversity from Around the World.  The publication includes an Opportunities Report by PAR coordinator, Toby Hodgkin and Emile Frison, as well as twelve commentaries […]

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, […]

Agrobiodiversity- the key to food security, climate adaptation and resilience

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It is a known fact that agrobiodiversity not only plays a crucial role in food security and nutrition, but also provides environmental services which makes it critical to the sustainability, resilience and adaptability of agricultural production systems.

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 […]