Policy Brief: Securing Farmers’ Rights and Seed Sovereignty in South Africa

By Rachel Wynberg, Jaci van Niekerk, Rose Williams and Lawrence Mkhaliphi   Focusing on small-scale farmers, their indigenous agricultural knowledge and practices, and the traditional varieties that they grow, this Biowatch Policy Brief reviews farmers’ rights in South Africa and the extent to which policies, laws and practices support seed sovereignty and the conservation of […]

LI-BIRD’s Research and Development Strategy :: focus on rural poor and marginalized

Diversifying Choices and Securing Livelihoods From LI-BIRD’s web site LI-BIRD is pleased to release the summary document of its new Research & Development Strategy 2012-16. LI-BIRD is a non-profit making organization based in Pokhara, Nepal committed to capitalizing on local initiatives for sustainable management of natural resources and agricultural biodiversity in order to improve the […]

High level policy dialogue between West African small scale farmers and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

High level policy dialogue between the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and small scale farmers on the priorities and governance of agricultural research for development in West Africa IIED, APPG on Agroecology, CNOP, Kene conseils, Centre Djoliba, IRPAD This photo story highlights key moments in a policy dialogue on agricultural research for […]

The Platform’s coordinator speaks on IPBES.

Toby Hodgkin,  the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research’s coordinator speaks about the necessity and importance of bringing together science and policy in order to inform decision making.  IPBES  will be an interface between the scientific community and policy makers that aims to build capacity for and strengthen the use of science in policy making. Watch the […]

Vavilov-Frankel Fellowship: Call for 2012

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Bioversity International is pleased to announce the Vavilov-Frankel Fellowship Call for 2012. Two Fellowships, for up to US$ 20,000 each, will be available for 2012 to carry out research from 3 to 12 months on a wide range of biophysical, economic and social themes related to the conservation and use of plant genetic resources in […]

Food, biological diversity and intellectual property: the Role of UPOV

A Graham Dutfield report recently published by the Quaker United Nations Office to stimulate informed debate about UPOV and its system and to help those concerned about biodiversity, food security and agricultural policies.