Half of key wild crops missing from gene banks!

This is according to a recent article published  in SciDevnet. And the crops most at risk are eggplant, potato, apple, sunflower and carrot! Gene banks are missing more than half the wild relatives of the world’s most important food crops — which potentially harbour traits for higher yields, and resistance to disease and climate change — according […]

NUS 2013 call for abstracts

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Calling for abstracts that need to be in by 15 July 2013!
The 3rd International Conference on Neglected and Underutilized Species (NUS) for a Food-Secure Africa will take place in Ghana next September 2013 and will address the three themes of: (i) Resilience of agricultural and livelihood systems, (ii)Upgrading value chains of neglected and underutilized species and (iii) Creating an enabling policy environment

Slow Food and FAO join forces

On 15 May 2013 the two organisations signed a three-year agreement to target smallholders and biodiversity

Do your efforts engage and impact local custodians of agrobiodiversity?

Simran Sethi is writing a book on the loss of agrobiodiversity through our food chain and would be delighted to hear from you

Custodian Farmers of Agricultural Biodiversity

Outcomes of the Workshop on Custodian Farmers of Agricultural Biodiversity: Policy support for their roles in use and conservation

What are custodian farmers, Exploring policy support a table on the function of custodian farmers in terms of roles, responsibilities and rights and some recommendations

Workshop on Custodian Farmers of Agricultural Biodiversity

A workshop on Custodian Farmers

Despite this shrinking agricultural biodiversity, there are still a few farmers who actively maintain, adapt and disseminate agricultural biodiversity, and who possess the knowledge needed for its use and cultivation. We recognize them as ‘custodian farmers’.

The workshop aims to share experiences by the custodian farmers, debate challenges faced by such farmers and discuss ways to strengthen and/or support them so that they continue to use, conserve and promote agricultural biodiversity.