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August 20, 2014

Nicaraguan Mega-Gardens: Community-Led Conservation for Plant Diversity and Soil Health/Mega-Huertos Nicaragüenses: Conservación para la Diversidad de Cultivos y la Salud de la Tierra, Dirigido por la Comunidad

By/Por Sara Delaney (Episcopal Relief & Development) and/y Audrey White (Council of Protestant Churches in Nicaragua) English Español Over the past few years I’ve often wondered—why do some agricultural training programs inspire farmers to make real changes in their fields, while others amount to little more than a free lunch for participants? Recently, an approach de ...
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May 12, 2014

Sand Rice: A Potential Food Crop for Climate Change Impacted Landscapes?

By Dr. Guoxiong Chen, Senior Researcher, Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences Sand rice (Agriophyllum squarrosum) is an annual psammophyte found mostly on mobile sand dunes in the arid and semi-arid regions of Central Asia. It has evolved a number of physiological and morphological adaptations that allow it [&hellip ...
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October 4, 2013

A New Paradigm: Biodiversity as the Foundation of Agriculture

At the end of July, Bioversity International and 16 other leading organizations in agriculture, development, and conservation launched a global partnership to strengthen the connections between biodiversity and agricultural production and to shape the impending Sustainable Development Goals. The initiative builds on Bioversity’s focus on agricultural biodiversity – ...
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August 9, 2013

Indigenous Peoples and the Diversity of Food

Today is International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. This year’s theme around building alliances is a reminder that indigenous people are often left out of political decision making processes that directly affect their lives and livelihoods. Today, it is vital to acknowledge the importance of indigenous peoples’ contributions to our collective knowledge of global ...
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December 11, 2012

Modeling for Agrobiodiversity

Yesterday was Terra Madre Day, which celebrates local food traditions and agrobiodiversity. Today, the Landscapes Blog explores an example of this in practices. Landscapes Initiative Co-Organizer, Bioversity International discusses new research on how to support farmers and local institutions in the conservation and use of traditional agricultural biodiversity. The framework pr ...
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October 17, 2012

Why the world needs sustainable diets, and research about them

Diet plays a critical role not only in food and nutrition security, but also influencing the path of agricultural development. With the Convention on Biological Diversity well underway and the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) meeting progressing this week, the relevance of agrobiodiversity remains an important topic of discussion with regards to diet and […] ...
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October 10, 2012

Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems

Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems, or GIAHS, have been defined by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as “remarkable land use systems and landscapes which are rich in globally significant biological diversity evolving from the co-adaption of community with its environment  and its needs and aspirations for sustainable develop ...
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October 1, 2012

Landscape of the Week: The scattered fruit tree meadows of the Swabian Alb

Kathrin Trommler, Project Coordinator with the Ecosystem Services Research Group, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, provides a look into one European agricultural landscape with deep historical roots. Representing a slightly different type of agrobiodiversity than the field crops usually discussed, this diversity of fruit trees characterizes the landsc ...
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September 17, 2012

Biodiversity on the Horizon

2012 is coming to a close with some fanfare, and major events on the horizon provide exciting opportunities to give voice to the nexus of sustainable agriculture, conservation, and rural livelihoods. The 11th Conference of the Parties for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP11), occurring every other year, takes place from 8-19 October in Hyderabad, […] ...
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September 12, 2012

World Leaders on Food and Nature

One of the themes of the IUCN World Conservation Congress is Nature+Food. The World Leaders Dialogue on the topic this past Saturday set out to address the overarching question, ‘can we feed a growing population in a sustainable manner?’ The discussion centered largely around agricultural production, with broad-brush strokes on topics like livestock and changing [&h ...
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