Back to the Pamirs: “With our own hands”

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By Jamila Haider and Frederik van Oudenhoven Latofat, a school Principal in Bartang valley, the most remote valley of the Pamir Mountains, sometimes wondered if the two foreigners who, four years ago,  showed up at her door unannounced saying they were collecting recipes about Pamiri food would ever return. She was also a bit sceptical […]

New Book on Pollination Services to Agriculture

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Title: Pollination Services to Agriculture – Sustaining and enhancing a key ecosystem service Edited by Barbara Gemmill-Herren Co-published with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations “This publication illustrates some of the impressive amount of work that has been carried out focusing on pollinators and pollination in recent years… I would like […]

Agrobiodiversity research: Experts’ recommendations for improving GBIF-mediated data

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A team of international experts have completed a report providing more than 50 recommendations for enhancing the coverage, completeness and usefulness of GBIF-mobilized data for research in agrobiodiversity. GBIF’s task group on data fitness for use in agrobiodiversity assembled its recommendations following a survey, in-depth interviews of other experts and a public consultation. The final […]

Fourth Plenary Session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-4)

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The Fourth Plenary Session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-4) was held from 22-28 February 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The meeting approved the first assessments and summaries for policy makers (SPMs) produced by the platform: a Thematic Assessment on Pollinators, Pollination, and Food Production (the assessment will be available soon […]

Women forging change with agroecology – Farming matters new issue

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The December 2015 issue of Farming Matters presents stories about women from all over the world who are forging positive change through agroecology on their farms and in their communities. Many innovations led by women are based on agroecological principles such as increasing diversity, using fewer pesticides, or building new relationships with consumers. Through small […]

Improving conservation of crop wild relatives

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The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity has issued a new notification on ways of strengthening conservation of crop wild relatives in Protected Areas or through other area based conservation measures. Crop wild relatives (CWR) are species closely related to crops (including crop progenitors). They are potential sources of traits such as pest or […]