“With Our Own Hands” wins most prestigious international cookbook award 2016

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Researchers Frederik van Oudenhoven and Jamila Haider from the Stockholm Resilience Centre received the Gourmand World Cookbook Award 2016 for ‘With Our Own Hands’. After the book’s publication in April 2015 PAR reported in May this year, when the research team returned to the Pamir Mountains to share 1700 copies in the local language with the community […]

A new Bio-Economy web site is born

Harvesting rooibos in the Koue Bokkeveld, Western Cape Province, South Africa / Photo: Rachel Wynberg

A web-platform for researchers, policy-makers and students to engage with and learn more about approaches within the bio-economy that facilitate poverty reduction in a manner that is socially just and environmentally sustainable

Food and farming in the UN climate talks

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What do the UN Climate talks mean for food and farming? The global research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and partners are sharing knowledge and exchanging experiences at the UN Climate Talks from 1-12 December and during the Global Landscape Forum, 6-7 December 2014 in Lima, Peru. Of particular interest was the meeting on 6 December: The role of genetic diversity, traditional knowledge and restoration of native plants in climate adaptation and resilience. Speakers included Alejandro Argumedo from Andes, and Marleni Ramirez from Bioversity International.

Indigenous Biocultural Diversity in Times of Neoliberalism and Climate Change

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For the last 26 years in the Peruvian Andes, twenty Nuclei of Andean-Amazonian Cultural Affirmation (NACA), associated with the Andean Project for Peasant Technologies (PRATEC), have advocated for respectful dialogue between different knowledge systems and “saberes”. NACAPRATEC’s proposal takes up the challenge of regenerating the Andean biocultural landscape by focusing on Andean community-based mechanisms, traditional knowledge and cultural practices that contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and food sufficiency, the nurturance of “Kawsay” (life as a whole) as the foundation and engine for Andean-Amazonian cultural affirmation.

A methodological approach to work with custodian farmers

Custodian farmer Doña Viviana Herrera rescues potatoes from flooding along Lake Titicaca / Photo Giulia Baldinelli

Bioversity International and PROINPA (the Foundation for the Promotion and Research of Andean Products) have recently published the results of a case study they undertook in a remote village on Lake Titicaca. The study explores a methodological approach to leverage the work of custodian farmers, champions of crop diversity maintenance and promotion, to strengthen on-farm conservation.

Shifting Cultivation and Environmental Change

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A book that re-examines the interactions between this ancient farming system of shifting cultivation with the more modern problems of climate change and biodiversity loss across the Asia – Pacific region, and presents contributions by over 100 scholars from around the world.