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


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.

“With Our Own Hands” wins most prestigious international cookbook award 2016

Researchers Frederik van Oudenhoven and Jamila Haider from the Stockholm Resilience Centre received the Gourmand World Cookbook Award 2016 for ‘With Our Own Hands’. After the book’s publication in April 2015 PAR reported in May this year, when the research team returned to the Pamir Mountains to share 1700 copies in the local language with the community […]

Agrobiodiversity of homegardens in commercial sugarcane cultivation in Uganda

Photo credit: Bernard Pollack

Understanding biodiversity in homegardens embedded in landscapes dominated by commercial monoculture agriculture is critical for sustainable management of agrobiodiversity and meeting rural households’ needs in the face of global changes. The authors of a newly published article in the International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management “Agrobiodiversity of homegardens in a commercial sugarcane […]

Exhibition: Agrobiodiversity in North-east India

This lady from Arunachal Pradesh, India, is using a small knife to cut rice panicles and is depositing them in the basket in her back. This photo was taken during a National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR, ICAR) exploration mission in 2012. Photo credit: Somnath Roy

The Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research, together with Bioversity International, NESFAS, the MSSRF, LI-BIRD, the Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty and NBPGR are pleased to invite you to visit the exhibition they are organizing on “Agrobiodiversity in North-east India” to take place at the Cultural Centre of the North East Hill University (NEHU) campus, Shillong, India, during the Indigenous Terra Madre – International Mei-Ramew Conference from 3-7 November 2015.

An update on the Neglected and Underutilized Species (NUS) project by PROINPA.

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The Foundation for the Promotion and Research of Andean Products in Bolivia (PROINPA) has released its Summary Report for 2011-2014 which presents the progress and results achieved in its projects during that period. The document is divided into three sections. The first one presents the progress of PROINPA´s research projects regarding plant genetic resources. The […]

Improving conservation of crop wild relatives

Walnuts -Uzbekistan/Bioversity International

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 […]