|The ways in which we should work with farmers and communities is a continuing concern for PAR and its collaborators and has been reflected recently in a number of different posts on the PAR website. The experiences are many and varied and sharing knowledge of these is one of the important aspects of PAR’s work. Some of the latest materials that have been produced are flagged in this newsletter and provide valuable information on recent experiences. Whether it is adaptation to climate change, the availability of a greater diversity of seeds and planting materials of crops and agroforestry species, or improving access to livestock diversity, appreciating the ways in which farmers can directly benefit is central. More stories and information on both successful and unsuccessful initiatives are therefore always welcome. In this issue of the Newsletter we include information on working with farmers who are custodians of agrobiodiversity and on community based adaptation to climate change. We also report on a new book on governance for justice and environmental stability and on an international initiative on seed security responses that work for vulnerable farmers.
On the international side a multi authored report from an off-site session that took place during Resilience 2014, the Third International Science and policy Conference on the resilience of social & ecological systems. This Newsletter more or less coincides with the latest meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Science Technology and Technical Advice of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Much of the agenda for this meeting is concerned with marine biodiversity but discussions on Aliens and Invasives and on the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation are also planned. As ever the Earth Negotiations Bulletin will provide daily report on the progress of the meeting.
In the last newsletter we noted that the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture had released guidelines for the development of country reports that will be used to prepare the First Report of the State of Biodiversity of Food and Agriculture. The preparation of this report is an ambitious undertaking by the Commission and we would certainly encourage newsletter readers to become involved in whatever way they can with the provision of information for country reports or with any other activities involved.
As ever, we welcome your participation and inputs. We are currently making a particular effort to strengthen the PAR researcher database. The more people sign up to it, the more useful it becomes for all of us.We hope you enjoy and look forward in hearing from you
- A methodological approach to work with custodian farmersBioversity 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.
- Some pickings on Custodian farmersCommunity-Based Adaptation to Climate Change, Emerging Lessons
- This book published by Stylus/Practicalaction is written largely by practitioners and researchers from Asia, Sub Saharan Africa and Mexico. It derives emerging lessons which will assist in advancing academic work, as well as policy and practice at government level in developing countries, and will deepen understanding and create a sound basis for wider application of CBA among policy makers and practitioners in NGOs and other organizations working on CBA, as well as researchers and students studying climate change adaptation.
- Governance for Justice & Environmental Sustainability
Lessons across Natural Resource Sectors in Sub-Saharan AfricaEdited by Merle Sowman and Rachel WynbergThis book is concerned with enhancing the understanding of governance in relation to social justice and environmental sustainability across a range of natural resource sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Fostering seed security responses that work for vulnerable farmers.International coalition launches public resource website: SeedSystem.org
- Agrobiodiversity off-site session at the Resilience 2014 conferencePositioning agricultural biodiversity in the resilience and development debate. A workshop report from the Agrobiodiversity off-site session at Resilience 2014: the third International Science and Policy Conference on the resilience of social and ecological systems, in Montpellier, France.
- Researchers database
The “Researcher Database” provided by Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research’s is an online registry compiling information about experts working in the different fields of agrobiodiversity worldwide. Its main objective is to serve as a repository and access point to find experts working in the different fields of agrobiodiversity, learn about their research activities, and get in touch with them. It allows users to search for experts according to different criteria such as name, field of expertise, affiliated institution, geographic location, institution type.Visit this growing repository of experts clicking here and If you want to be a part of this network of researchers or contribute
Coordinator, Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research