Equator Prize 2015 Call for Nominations now open!

Equator Prize 2015 / Photo credit: Equator Initiative

The Equator Prize 2015 will be awarded to 20 outstanding local and indigenous community initiatives that are advancing innovative solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. Each winning initiative will receive US$ 10,000 and be supported to participate in a series of special events at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, France in December 2015.

Empowerment, Rights and Partners for Climate Change

The Equator Prize 2015 will showcase outstanding local and indigenous community efforts to reduce poverty, protect nature, and strengthen resilience in the face of climate change. In keeping with the themes of COP21 and the imperative of empowering indigenous peoples and local communities in the new climate agreement, the Equator Prize 2015 will place special […]

Tropentag 2015- Humboldt Universitaet, Berlin – September 17-19, 2015

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The theme for this year is : ‘Management of land use systems for enhanced food security – conflicts, controversies and resolutions’ The deadline for submission of abstract(s) is May 1, 2015. There will be no extension of this submission deadline. The conference language is English and high quality abstracts of original research (250-350 words) are […]

15th Regular Session of the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture is coming up!

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The 15th Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture will be held from 19-23 January 2015 at FAO, Rome, Italy. The meeting will cover subjects such as: Cross-sectorial matters, including the State of the World Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture, target and indicators for biodiversity for food and agriculture, Access and benefit-sharing for genetic resources for food and agriculture, Biodiversity and Nutrition, Application and integration of biotechnologies for the conservation and sustainable utilization of genetic resources for food and agriculture, Climate change and genetic resources for food and agriculture; Animal genetic resources; Forest genetic resources; Plant genetic resources; Aquatic genetic resources; Micro-organism and invertebrates; Implementation of the Multi-year Programme of Work; and Cooperation with international instruments and organizations.

Community Seed Banks in Ethiopia: An innovative approach to improving food security

The community seed bank in Chefe Donsa, a village two hours’ drive east of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, collects and preserves the seeds of local crops to ensure farmers have a steady supply of seeds to sow each year.

Forests as Food Producing Habitats

Forest as food producing habitats/Photo: Living Farms

Read this exploratory study carried out by Living Farms to uncover the issues around collection and consumption of uncultivated foods and the extent of dependence of Adivasi / Indigenous communities on such food, for their food and nutrition security. A negelcted potential held by forests that can support livelihoods of the indian Adivasi indigenous communities, and beyond.