Registration Opens for First IPBES Plenary.

Registration is now open for the inaugural plenary session of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). IPBES is intended to provide an interface between the scientific community and policy makers to build capacity for and strengthen the use of science in policy making. Its first session is scheduled from 3-7 October […]

Can crops from the past be today’s solution?

Many of the first crops were found in  Syria, where humans are thought to have first discovered agriculture some 11,000 years ago. Emmer wheat, barley, chickpea, pea and lentil crops are all said to have originated here.The challenge we face today is to develop and test improved crop varieties to feed the world’s growing population […]

Fourth Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

ITPGR GB 4 delegates met in plenary to address implementation of the Treaty’s Multilateral System (MLS) and standard material transfer agreement (SMTA), operation of the Third Party Beneficiary, and implementation of Article 6 (Sustainable Use of Plant Genetic Resources). Read more IIED, Associacion ANDES and partners have prepared a short paper on “Farmers’ Rights under […]

Anticipating the Genebank Pop.

Today we have a genebank bubble. Someone needs to say it. The message will not be welcomed, just as warnings of the internet bubble were derisively dismissed while the bubble and the risk grew larger and larger. What’s a genebank bubble and what evidence do we have of one? Read the full article.

CGIAR Ongoing Research has been redesigned.

The Research Map now has over 400 on-going research projects of the CGIAR and makes research information accessible, facilitates information and knowledge sharing and collaboration. The redesign has been mainly influenced by feedback from users, who are at the centre of the Map, as well as by our own quality improvement goals. The Research Map […]

IRRI Supplies Thousands of Seed Samples to Global Vault .

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has sent a second contribution of rice seed samples to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway. This shipment of close to 40,000 seeds  is the Institute’s second deposit to the Vault. The first deposit of 70,180 rice samples was made during the inauguration of the Vault in February […]