Crop wild relatives – a key asset for sustainable agriculture

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Crop Wild relatives are essential components of natural and agricultural ecosystems and hence are indispensable for maintaining ecosystem health. Their conservation and sustainable use is very important for improving agricultural production, increasing food security, and maintaining a healthy environment.

A methodological approach to work with custodian farmers

Custodian farmer Doña Viviana Herrera rescues potatoes from flooding along Lake Titicaca / Photo Giulia Baldinelli

Bioversity International and PROINPA (the Foundation for the Promotion and Research of Andean Products) have recently published the results of a case study they undertook in a remote village on Lake Titicaca. The study explores a methodological approach to leverage the work of custodian farmers, champions of crop diversity maintenance and promotion, to strengthen on-farm conservation.

Custodian farmers

Custodian farmers of agricultural biodiversity, selected profiles from South and South East Asia

Proceedings of the workshop on custodian farmers of agricultural biodiversity, 11-12 February 2013, New Delhi, India

The many faces of resilience

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This latest issue of Farming Matters focuses on building resilience in family farming.

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)

BGCI is looking for a GSCC Coordinator

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The programme of the The Global Seed Conservation Challenge will focus on engaging the global botanic garden community in the conservation of species not already in secure ex situ collections. The Coordinator will be based at the BGCI offices in Kew, but will also work closely with staff from the MSBP, located at Wakehurst Place in West Sussex.