Agrobiodiversity of maize landraces in cultural landscapes

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Landraces of major food plants, such as maize, provide agroecological and consumption resources within cultural landscapes that can support social-ecological resilience, in situ conservation, and ecosystem services. Locally This study addressed the major agroecological functions and food-related services of agrobiodiversity in Andean maize landraces, and their relationship to cultural landscapes and associated knowledge systems. Results […]

Enhancing adaptive capacity of plantation forests

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Frost damage accounts for the 14% of mortality in reforestations in the Mexican western State of Michoacán.  Near Morelia, capital of the State of Michoacán, western México, the species occurs between 1600 m to 2450 m of altitude on the Neovolcanic Axis slopes, mixing with P. oocarpa at the lower limit of the altitudinal distribution […]

Management and uses of farmers ’ varieties in Southwest Ethiopia : A Climate change perspective

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The management and uses of farmer’s crop varieties in Illu Ababora are studied to document varietal diversity and identify factors affecting decisions related to crop diversity management, including varieties that help to manage climate change. The most important varietal characteristics for seed selection or acquisition of particular varieties included adaptability to agro-ecological niches, tolerance to […]

More Information for Better Planning

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The Sakai project, implemented in Kenya, shows how important weather and climate information is when adapting to climate change. About three-quarters of Sakai residents were aware of indigenous or traditional methods of forecasting rainfall, including the use of weather indicators. More than 40 percent of all households get weather information from traditional sources, including traditional […]

Alimentos Nutri-Naturales

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The women of Alimentos Nutri Naturales created a local initiative to address food security, malnutrition, rural poverty and dependence on imported foods by sustainably producing and successfully marketing Maya nut products.

Farmer’s strategies for managing biodiversity in a variable climate

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Farmers in southern Ghana have adopted a number of strategies to increasing temperatures and water deficiencies, including the planting of early maturing crops, diversification into different fruit and vegetable crops and engaging in other income generating activities like bee-keeping, snail raising and establishing plant nurseries.

Climate Change & Indigenous Communities: Strengthening Adaptability, Resilience & Innovation

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Malaysian site of the project “Climate Change & Indigenous Communities: Strengthening Adaptability, Resilience & Innovation” (September 2009 – September 2012) Through the project indigenous Iban and Bidayuh farmers where consulted to learn about the perceived climte change and the management of their GR, the farmers needs and involved in defining appropriate materials for breeding. Community […]

Lessons from Lesotho – greater crop diversity and mixed farming systems help farmers manage risk

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In Lesotho, on-farm diversification changes by region, with different incomes. It is well understood by farmers that a diversity of crop mixtures and farming systems offer protection against climate related risks such as drought and pests. However, diversification varies in practice depending in large part upon the terrain. Mountain farmers tend to have a greater […]

Keyhole gardens in Lesotho improve food security and reduce household level vulnerabilites

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The NGO CARE has inroduced a system of keyhole gardens now widely impremoented across the southern lowlands of Lesotho. Dietary diversity is low in Lesotho, and keyhole gardens improve nutrition by allowing for the cultivation of a wide range of crops even by smallscale farmers. Coupling keyhole farming with smallscale poultry husbandry leads to even […]

Agroforestry fodder production can reduce the pressure on degraded rangelands in drought prone Lesotho

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Transhumance, the movement of grazing animals between seasonal rangelands, is a contributing factor to the degradation and mismanagement of communal rangelands in Lesotho. As range vegetation cover declines and as replaced by unpalatable species and erosion further contributes to the productive decline, this historically evolved practice is becoming mal-adaptive and has resulted in high animal […]