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 […]

New Book: Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love

Bread, Wine, Chocolate, a book by Simran Sethi

Bread, Wine, Chocolate –part memoir of a journey to six continents in pursuit of delicious and endangered tastes, part investigation of the loss of agricultural biodiversity from soil to plate – tells the story of what we are losing, how we are losing it, and the inspiring and tireless people and places that are bringing back the foods we love.
Simran Sethi writes “The foods I selected – bread, wine, coffee, chocolate and beer – feed me in different ways. One wakes me up, another brings me down; one nourishes my heart, and the other tends to my soul. What ties them together is that they are my constants, woven into the fabric of my life. Through these five foods, and our five senses, we’ll look at stories of loss and interconnection, exploring what is disappearing and why, and learning how we can save agrobiodiversity through various forms of conservation and through the choices we make, with every sip and bite we take.”