Tropical Fruit Tree Diversity: Good practices for in situ and on-farm conservation


New book edited by Bhuwon Sthapit, Hugo A.H. Lamers, V. Ramanatha Rao, Arwen Bailey Farmers have developed a range of agricultural practices to sustainably use and maintain a wide diversity of crop species in many parts of the world. This book documents good practices innovated by farmers and collects key reviews on good practices from […]

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

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.”