|Greetings from the PAR Secretariat.
This latest newsletter comes to you at about the same time that the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN is holding its highest governing body meetings – the Conference and the Council. These are biennial meetings of all the members of FAO that discuss and chart the directions that will be taken over the next two years.
The debates at these meetings have included a recognition of the importance of FAO’s commitment to sustainable intensification and of the importance of small scale producers as well as concerns with food supply, prices and farmers’ incomes.
The 30th Anniversary of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture has also been noted in conference debates and in a side event on the contribution of genetic resources to food security, nutrition and livelihoods. These are signs of the increasing recognition of the importance of agrobiodiversity, further strenghtened by the recent report on the contribution of agroecology to food security by the UN Special Rapporteur on Food Security Olivier de Schutter.
However, there is certainly still a long way to go before agrobiodiversity is properly valued and embedded in the debate and decisions of these major bodies.
Here the link to the Report of the Fourteenth Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and to the media room of CGRFA where you will find web-casts related to 30th anniversary interviews, to a video About the Commission and to the Special Information Seminar 2013 “Biodiversity for food and agriculture: taking stock for the future“. Nonetheless there remains a lot of grass roots activity on agrobiodiversity to be done!
This newsletter brings you a few of the highlights from the last months and we thank all the contributors who have shared stories with us. You will see it still has a strong crop diversity slant and the Secretariat would really welcome hearing more about what’s going on with respect to animal, aquatic, soil, pollinator and all other aspects of agrobiodiversity found in production systems.
As always, please keep sending us comments, information and suggestions for improving the work of PAR and this newsletter.
We hope you enjoy and look forward in hearing from you