The 7.6 Richter scale magnitude earthquake in Nepal of 25 April 2015, followed by more than 140 aftershocks, has destroyed more than 191,000 houses and damaged 175,000 more. More than 7300 people have been confirmed dead and over 14,000 have been injured. Humanitarian relief work is scaling up distribution, however, logistics remain challenging with a real risk of effort duplication. District Disaster Relief Committee (DDRC) and VDCs are facilitating coordination of relief efforts. Our friends at LI-BIRD (Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development), based in Pokhara, Nepal, are responding to the disaster with a three phase plan.
A multitude of institutions from a range of African countries met up to find synergies and ways to strengthen support for small farmer-led seed systems. The overarching aim of the seminar was to explore the interface between informal and formal systems of seed management, knowledge, research and innovation, from local systems at grassroots level to the more formalised systems that exist in universities, research institutions and the private sector.
LIBERATION, an on-line Community of Practice on Ecological Intensification kicks off and we very much look forward in engaging with you to discuss definitions and concepts, build up the knowledge base and broaden an exciting network of scientists
An Indigenous Peoples Network on Pollinators to research, foster research alliances, better understand the value of pollinators in terms of ecosystem services, to support self determination and more! Providing inputs to how the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples and the work of modern scientists could be linked more equitably and usefully is one of the objectives of this initiative.
Collaborations spur from trusty relationships and signing a Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) on work to be carried out amongst the parties involved is a valuable step to start-up just alliances. Read about this and how PAR works towards promoting relationship that put farmers and scientists on an equal footing in the project that saw farmers and genebanks enter in an alliance and that banks on communication, participation and equity, conserving diversity and building trust.
Written from a science perspective, this handbook targets an audience of scientists in international and national institutions working in the area of agrobiodiversity research and teaching, as well as students and development practitioners involved in transdisciplinary research projects.