1st International Agrobiodiversity Congress 2016

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India will this year  host the 1st Agrobiodiversity Congress. The objectives of this crucial congress are to : Provide a common platform to share experience and knowledge on the sustainable conservation and use of agrobiodiversity. Critically evaluate the current research and systems of management and use of agrobiodiversity and to assess the preparedness for meeting […]

Back to the Pamirs: “With our own hands”

Photo credit: Jamila Haider

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 […]

“How we fought GMOs in Thailand” blog from Michael Commons of Earth Net Foundation

We wanted to have captivating displays of agricultural biodiversity- where many may take photos and share in social media. Photo credit: Michael Commons/EarthNet Foundation

Michael Commons, from Earth Net Foundation, is sharing some thoughts with fellow members of the Agricultural Biodiversity Community not long after its general meeting in Thika, Kenya, in November 2015, about the battle they won against GMOs in Thailand and how they are raising awareness of farmers, consumers, general public and the media about agricultural biodiversity through an annual seed event at local level.

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

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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.