Agrobiodiversity of homegardens in commercial sugarcane cultivation in Uganda

Photo credit: Bernard Pollack

Understanding biodiversity in homegardens embedded in landscapes dominated by commercial monoculture agriculture is critical for sustainable management of agrobiodiversity and meeting rural households’ needs in the face of global changes. The authors of a newly published article in the International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management “Agrobiodiversity of homegardens in a commercial sugarcane […]

Fostering seed security responses that work for vulnerable farmers

Photo: CIAT

Fostering seed security responses that work for vulnerable farmers. International coalition launches public resource website:

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The Power of Local Action: Lessons from 10 Years of the Equator Prize


The Equator Initiative releases its landmark publication. In this book a comprehensive analysis of the commonalities, trends and lessons learned across this pool of outstanding grassroots efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Twelve key lessons with the greatest relevance for understanding and catalyzing effective ecosystem-based action at the local level. Sample case studies are provided to illustrate lessons learned.

COP11 side event on the sustainable use of agricultural biodiversity

Monday 15th of October 2012
A side event on the sustainable use of agricultural biodiversityheld during the CBD COP11

This side event, hosted by the UNEP and FAO, presented the experiences from the projects on agricultural biodiversity that have been supported by GEF. The projects demonstrate the efforts to maintain the diversity of crops, useful trees and livestock, but also experiences on the maintenance of other ecosystem service providers such as pollinators.

Toby Hodgkin, Coordinator, Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research

Biodiversity and Culture: Exploring Community Protocols, Rights and Consent (PLA 65)

International Institute for Environment and Development, Guest edited by Krystyan Swiderska, Kanchi Kohli, Harry Jonas, Holly Shrumm, Wim Hienstra, and Maria Julia Oliva  Many rural communities in the global South – including some 370 million indigenous peoples – are directly dependent on biodiversity and related traditional knowledge for their livelihoods, food security, healthcare and well-being. […]