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.”

Vavilov-Frankel Fellowship: Call for the 2015

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Bioversity International is inviting applications for research on grain species relevant to both Australia and the applicant’s home country. The fellowship, up to US$ 20,000 for a research project of up to 12 months duration. Deadline for applications is 28 February 2015.

Book launch: “Coping with climate change – the roles of genetic resources for food and agriculture”

Cover: Coping with climate change – the roles of genetic resources for food and agriculture

Genetic resources for food and agriculture play a crucial role in food security, nutrition and livelihoods and in the provision of environmental services. They are key components of sustainability, resilience and adaptability in production systems. They underpin the ability of crops, livestock, aquatic organisms and forest trees to withstand a range of adverse conditions. Thanks […]

Global Survey – ways and means to conserve and use genetic diversity

GFRA Global Survey report

At its last meeting the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture requested its Secretariat to carry out a survey that would help identify “Lessons learned about the ways and means to conserve and use genetic diversity to build resilience to climate change in food and agriculture systems”. This survey was carried out […]

New Publication: Toolkit for the Indicators of Resilience

Book cover: Toolkit for the indicators of landscapes and seascapes

The “Toolkit for the Indicators of Resilience in Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS)” has been published and was officially launched at an event on 17 November 2014, held parallel to the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 in Sydney, Australia. The Toolkit is a major output of a IPSI Collaborative Activity carried out by UNU-IAS, Bioversity International, UNDP-COMDEKS, and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). This project was a continuation of a previous Collaborative Activity by UNU-IAS and Bioversity International, in which the Indicators themselves were developed, and included a revision of the Indicators based on their field-testing and application around the world over the past two years. The revised Indicators and a manual for their practical application in the field have now been compiled into the Toolkit publication.

Animal Genetic Resources, Access and Benefit Sharing

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The confusion of the delegates of the Eighth session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Animal Genetic Resources about how to apply the concept of “Access and Benefit-Sharing” to animal genetic resources was palpable, says Ilse Köhler-Rollefson in her blog written after the recent meeting of the Technical Working Group. You can read more of her thoughts in the blog: Animal genetic resources and “Access and Benefit-Sharing”: not made for each other?