Agrobiodiversity research: Experts’ recommendations for improving GBIF-mediated data

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A team of international experts have completed a report providing more than 50 recommendations for enhancing the coverage, completeness and usefulness of GBIF-mobilized data for research in agrobiodiversity. GBIF’s task group on data fitness for use in agrobiodiversity assembled its recommendations following a survey, in-depth interviews of other experts and a public consultation. The final […]

Opportunity for Masters Students in design of learning materials for facilitators of Innovation Platforms

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Masters Student to work with staff of the Capacity Development Unit of ILRI to develop and pilot test training materials for facilitators of innovation platforms. The materials will be used to develop a blended learning program comprising online lessons and face-to-face training activities. These materials […]

Call for proposals: Strengthening the Capacity of African Countries to Conservation and Sustainable Utilisation of African Animal Genetic Resources

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The African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) is a specialized technical office reporting to the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the AU Commission. The Institution is mandated to support and coordinate the improvement of Animal Resources (livestock, fisheries and wildlife) as a resource for human well-being in the member states of […]

An update on the Neglected and Underutilized Species (NUS) project by PROINPA.

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The Foundation for the Promotion and Research of Andean Products in Bolivia (PROINPA) has released its Summary Report for 2011-2014 which presents the progress and results achieved in its projects during that period. The document is divided into three sections. The first one presents the progress of PROINPA´s research projects regarding plant genetic resources. The […]

EcoAgriculture Partners’ new endeavours

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A New Strategy and a New Website for a New Challenge is the New dimension taken by EcoAgriculture Partners. From years of hard work in promoting  and  sustaining   integrated landscape  management around  the world,  the organisation has finally developed a new strategic plan. “With landscapes and integration both such a feature of the global […]

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.