Discussion forum on the benefits of ecosystem services for effective ecological intensification

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On November 30, 2015, scientists and researchers from across the globe will come together to discuss ecological intensification for three weeks on the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN forum) hosted by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Ecological intensification—the optimization of all provisioning, regulating and supporting ecosystem services in the agricultural […]

Wild Foods and their contribution to diets.

The properties of many African leafy vegetables in Kenya remain unexplored. Photo: Bioversity/D.Hunter

An ethnobiological inventory of available food biodiversity was carried out by means of focus group discussions, and five wild foods were selected for further modelling. A market survey assessed available food prices by season. Diets were modeled to minimize cost and maximize nutrient adequacy using the Cost of Diet linear programming tool. Modeling was done without and with wild foods.

Call for papers: Women and Agroecology

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The December 2015 issue of Farming Matters will focus on women’s role in promoting agroecology and how it has helped them achieve their goals. The magazine will take a closer look at what motivates women to inspire progress in farming and food. Deadline: 1 September 2015. Read the full Call for articles and the Guide […]

Harnessing agricultural biodiversity to reduce hunger and malnutrition

Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition Initiative (BFN)

Agricultural biodiversity, health and nutrition are vitally connected. Biological variety can provide local solutions to diet-related nutrition and health conditions, yet much of this diversity and traditional knowledge associated with it is disappearing. Take a look at the recent updated flyer that the “Mainstreaming Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use for Improved Nutrition and Well-Being Initiative” (Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition for short) has recently published highlighting recent country successes.

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.

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.