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 […]

Soil-tree-crop interactions in parkland systems: A review

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The ‘parklands’ that form the most widespread farming systems in the Sahelian zone of West Africa are farming systems in which annual crops are grown under scattered trees preserved from the natural vegetation by farmers clearing the woodlands to make crop fields. Being mixed agricultural systems, the interactions between trees and crops have always been a key element determining the management options applied by farmers. A combination of field trials, observational studies and modeling has been deployed to understand soil–tree–crop interactions, including sharing of growth resources by the system components. Despite scientific advances, there are still some methodological challenges in determining the tradeoffs and synergies between and among goods and services, and how to boost the provisioning, supporting and regulating functions of such agroforestry systems. Providing such ecosystem service functions is critical in the quest for ensuring food security while achieving adaptation and mitigation goals in vulnerable environments like the drylands.

Livestock Keepers’ Rights on the roll?

Will indigenous and local livestock keepers conserving precious biodiversity ever be heard and given the rights that they have under existing international legal frameworks?

“Will indigenous and local livestock keepers conserving precious biodiversity ever be heard and given rights?” This is just one of the items posted by the Knowledge Programme on Agriculture, Biodiversity and Climate Change. Read the whole story Livestock Keepers’ Rights on the roll? and many others on ikrweb, a blog on Animal Cultures by Ilse […]

Governance for Justice & Environmental Sustainability

Governance for Justice & Environmental Sustainability

This book is concerned with enhancing the understanding of governance in relation to social justice and environmental sustainability across a range of natural resource sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Conserving potato agrobiodiversity: Top-down and bottom-up approach needed

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Mashed, smashed and fried, Americans love potatoes, but only a few varieties are grown in much of North American agriculture. In South America, where potatoes originated, more than 5,000 varieties continue to exist. Th

2014 Call for applications: IFS Individual Research Grants

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IFS was founded as a Research Council and registered as a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Sweden in 1972. IFS receives funding from a portfolio of donors and funders including development organisations and science academies.