Call for contributions: ABS of plant genetic resources for farmers and agroecology?


Call for articles: “Making access and benefit sharing of plant genetic resources work for family farmers and agroecology”: in a forthcoming special issue of the magazine “Farming Matters,” ILEIA in collaboration with Bioversity International will explore if and how access and benefit sharing related to plant genetic resources can work for family farmers and agroecology. The publication will primarily be based on experiences of family farmers from around the world and aims to inform farmers and practitioners, researchers, civil society, and policy makers. Send your contribution before 15 August 2015

Course – Contemporary approaches to genetic resources conservation and use

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Modern production and marketing of agricultural crops depend on a limited number of genetically uniform varieties that deliver uniform food products. With this approach becoming global, genetic diversity is endangered. Worldwide, strategies are developed to conserve genetic resources. This course provides state-of-the-art insight into various plant genetic resources management strategies and relevant policies.

First call for The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership (MSBP) and Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) Fieldwork Fund

The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership (MSBP) and Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) are delighted to announce the first call for the MSBP-BGCI Fieldwork Fund.   A new fund to protect plants Plants provide the foundation for the world’s ecosystems and are vital for providing food, clean water and soil, medicine and regulating our climate, yet […]

Betting the Farm

In a guest blog post, Cary Fowler, Nourishing the Planet Advisory Group member, explains the importance of implementing a combination of crop diversity conservation strategies such as supporting genebanks as well as protecting crops on farms and natural habitats. “Partisans in our crop diversity community are wrong when they argue that all our eggs should be placed in one basket,” she says. “[Good farmers] would never have bet the farm on one crop. And they certainly wouldn’t bet the future of agriculture on one conservation strategy.”

6th Henry A. Wallace Inter-American Scientific Conference: “Agrobiodiversity in Mesoamerica – from genes to landscapes

The aim of the Wallace conference is to strengthen the use and management of agrobiodiversity in Mesoamerica by bringing together international research  and public sector organizations, universities and civil society to study, analyze and take action to promote sustainable land management, in recognition of the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010, as declared by the […]