Swiss to Extend Agro-Biodiversity Initiative in Laos

By Khamphone Syvongxay, Vientiane Times The Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC) will provide Laos US$6.3 million to continue the work of the Agro-Biodiversity Initiative (Tabi) project. Phase I was undertaken within 13 development village groups totalling 104 villages in the Phoukoud district, the Xieng Khuang province, the Phonxay district, and the Luang Prabang province.  […]

New Report Finds “Alliance-building” Approach Can Stop Rampant Conflict over Land and Water, Increase Farm Production and Restore Degraded Lands, Rivers

Effectiveness of approach seen in Africa’s Sahel and in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, and in dozens of other regions; major agriculture groups call for urgently scaling up “Whole Landscape” approaches ahead of Rio+20

Sustainability issues in agro-ecology: Socio-ecological perspective

An open access article by S. Kumaraswamy in “Agricultural Sciences” journal From the online Abstract In the recent past there has been concern to address the declining trends and deteriorating ecological elements and their functions in productive agricultural landscapes. The efforts to revive the ecological functions needs multiple scale approach, which include scientific understanding, time […]

New e-book: Virtuous Circles: Values, Systems and Sustainability

By: Andy Jones, Michel Pimbert and Janice Jiggins This new e-book from IIED and IUCN CEESP may be helpful in discussions on the future of food, farming, energy, climate change, human well being, and bio-cultural diversity. Our current way of providing food and other basic needs involves industrialised systems that are linear, centralised and globalised. […]

Identifying and addressing knowledge gaps in agrobiodiversity

The development organizations Hivos and Oxfam Novib are currently developing a knowledge programme on sustainable agriculture and biodiversity management.  The aim of this trajectory is to identify and address knowledge gaps on biodiversity conserving agricultural production that can reduce risks and can improve the livelihoods of rural people living in poverty. The draft report of […]

Listen to the buzz about the bees

Pollinators, bees in particular, are crucial for the ecosystem. They pollinate plants and fruit which are part of humans’ diets. They are indispensable for plants and animals species, and the ecosystem would collapse without them.
But they are in deep danger, mostly because of the large use of insecticides. In order to save them, farmers and gardeners should start using organic methods such as growing pollinator-friendly plants and flowers to attract them. This is also the first step towards a healthy ecosytem wich can allow greater biodiversity, sustainability and resilience of bees.