PAR Newsletter n. 14, June 2014


Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research

Platform for Agrobiodiversity

June 2014

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


Toby Hodgkin
Coordinator, Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research

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

Custodian farmer Doña Viviana Herrera rescues potatoes from flooding along Lake Titicaca / Photo Giulia Baldinelli
PAR’s goal: Is to enhance the sustainable management and use of agrobiodiversity by improving knowledge of all its different aspects. It seeks to promote research and integrate, mobilize and share research findings on the sustainable management of agrobiodiversity.The PAR Newsletter is published by the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research and distributed to members and other subscribers. The Secretariat welcomes news, letters and other items of interest from individuals and organizations.Address correspondences and information to:Dr. Toby Hodgkin (Project Coordinator)
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