Agricultural biodiversity is essential for a sustainable improvement in food and nutrition security.

By Frison, E.A.; Cherfas, J.; Hodgkin, T. Agricultural biodiversity has hitherto been valued almost exclusively as a source of traits that can be used in scientific breeding programs to improve the productivity of crop varieties and livestock breeds. We argue that it can make a far greater contribution to increased productivity. In particular, a wider […]

Watch out for this new book: Agrobiodiversity and the Law

Regulating Genetic Resources, Food Security and Cultural Diversity. By Juliana Santilli This book analyzes the impact of the legal system on agrobiodiversity (or agricultural biodiversity) – the diversity of agricultural species, varieties and ecosystems. Using an interdisciplinary approach, it takes up the emerging concept of agrobiodiversity and its relationship with food security, nutrition, health, environmental […]

Seeds, seeds, seeds: Egusi, the Miracle Melon

Each week Nourishing the Planet  goes a little deeper into the indigenous local varieties of vegetables, plants, and seeds that could help improve food security and the environment in sub-Saharan Africa. Don’t be fooled; while egusi may look identical to the watermelon, the taste of this gourd is anything but your typical summer melon. Find […]

Volume 9, no 2 of the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development is out.

Nutrition has come of age? What is Nutrition? According to Wikipedia “Nutrition (also called nourishment or aliment) is the provision, to cells and organisms, of the materials necessary (in the form of food) to support life. Many common health problems can be prevented or alleviated with good nutrition” says Hon Prof.Ruth Oniang’o, PhD (Editor-in-Chief) Many […]

McKnight Foundation CCRP (Collaborative Crop Research Programme) Call for Concept Notes

The McKnight Foundation CCRP ( Collaborative Crop Research Programme) has issued two calls for concept notes within the West Africa and East and Horn of Africa specifically East Africa (Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia) and the other West Africa (Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger). Potential themes per region are : East Africa Themes: Increasing cropping system […]