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?

Promoting agrobiodiversity conservation and use in Sri Lankan agroecosystems for livelihoods and adaptation to climate change

Small tank system, Sri Lanka

A major new UNEP GEF supported project that will build resilience and help rural communities meet the challenges of climate change through the conservation and use of agrobiodiversity has recently started in Sri Lanka. The role of agrobiodiversity in helping farmers and rural communities to adapt to climate change and to improve their livelihoods will be explored during this 5-years project. The project, which includes a number of aspects that make it extremely innovative, is being undertaken in collaboration with communities in three different landscapes: Kandyan home gardens, “small tank” systems and “owita” agro-ecosystem.

On languages and sorghum diversity! Is there a link?

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Researcher say there is a link! Read this interesting article on research that has revealed that sorghum diversity and ethnolinguistic groups are associated in Africa. They identified three major sorghum populations: a Central population co-distributed with the Nilo-Saharan language family; a Southern population co-distributed with the Bantu languages; and a Northern population distributed across northern Niger-Congo […]

The use of agrobiodiversity for plant improvement and the intellectual property paradigm: institutional fit and legal tools for mass selection, conventional and molecular plant breeding

Analysing paradigmatic fit: expected effects of the strong intellectual property paradigm and partially open innovation in the main fields of application of plant improvement

A new publication from College Thomas More, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium: The use of agrobiodiversity for plant improvement and the intellectual property paradigm: institutional fit and legal tools for mass selection, conventional and molecular plant breeding.

Agrobiodiversity off-site session at the Resilience 2014 conference

Photo: Participants to the agrobiodiversity off-site session at Resilience 2014/Sarah Doornbos

Positioning agricultural biodiversity in the resilience and development debate. A workshop report from the Agrobiodiversity off-site session at Resilience 2014: the third International Science and Policy Conference on the resilience of social and ecological systems, in Montpellier, France.

Integrating Traditional Crop Genetic Diversity for Mountain Food Security

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Integrating Traditional Crop Genetic Diversity into Technology: Using a Biodiversity Portfolio Approach to Buffer against Unpredictable Environmental Change in the Nepal Himalayas is a project funded by the Global Environment Fund (GEF)