Recruiting a Coordinator for the International Plant Sentinel Network

Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), the world’s largest plant conservation network, is recruiting a coordinator for a newly established International Plant Sentinel Network (IPSN)

Conservation Agriculture and its Community of Practice

Conservation Agriculture (CA) is an approach to managing agro-ecosystems for improved and sustained productivity, increased profits and food security while preserving and enhancing the resource base and the environment.
There is an active community of practice working on the topic …

Experiences from the field, learning from GEF projects

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A side event to share and reflect on the contributions of different components of biodiversity for food and agriculture to support food security and nutrition, sustainability and ecosystem services through the practical experiences obtained from global GEF agrobiodiversity projects supported by UNEP and FAO.

Stem Rust-Resistant Wheat Landraces Identified.

By Sharon Durham U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have identified a number of stem rust-resistant wheat varieties and are retesting them to verify their resistance.  Agricultural Research Service (ARS) plant pathologist Mike Bonman at the agency’s Small Grains and Potato Germplasm Research Unit in Aberdeen, Idaho, and his colleagues screened more than 3,000 wheat […]

Agrobiodiversity in flower-rich field margins: a surplus value for landscape, biodiversity and farmer?

Flowers in field margins: pollinators and plague control Field margins are gaining interest of scientists and policy makers. Field margins can be a buffer zone against dispersal of nutrients and pesticides to the environment. They also often contain the highest biodiversity. For this reason, management of field margins is often ecologically oriented; farmers can also […]

National policy workshop on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA)

Held in Luwero/Nakaseke , Uganda on the   23rd August, 2010  “Some countries from the developed world have started yearning for the Ugandan beef because our animals feed on real pasture and therefore their beef tastes more natural than that of animals in the developed world that feast more on anti-bio tics and greatly modified/artificial feeds”, […]