Fifteenth Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture is next week at FAO in Rome

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The 15th Regular Session of the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA-15) will be taking place next week (19-23 January 2015) in FAO, Rome, Italy. PAR is now participating in a CGRFA-15 special event that is taking place this Friday 16 January 2015 at FAO on Food Security and Genetic Resources […]

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.

Course – Contemporary approaches to genetic resources conservation and use

Photo credit: Wageningen UR

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.

Strengthening Support for Smallholder Farmer-led Seed systems

The SKI workshop participants/Photo: Amy Dean, PROGRESS

A multitude of institutions from a range of African countries met up to find synergies and ways to strengthen support for small farmer-led seed systems. The overarching aim of the seminar was to explore the interface between informal and formal systems of seed management, knowledge, research and innovation, from local systems at grassroots level to the more formalised systems that exist in universities, research institutions and the private sector.

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.