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Could Africa Feed Itself Someday?

Could Africa Feed Itself Someday? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: This is from my weekly Globalpost.com column. An African Agricultural Powerhouse? The situation was grim. It was November 2005, and for more than a year, less than an inch of rain had fallen on much of the country.
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Freeing the banana

By freeing Musa balbisiana of infectious eBSV, virologists are once again friends with #banana breeders says Pierre-Yves Teycheney #IHC2014 — ProMusa (@promusa_banana) August 19, 2014 Well, that sounds teasingly intriguing.
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Focusing on genebanks for climate change adaptation

The Focused Identification of Germplasm Strategy (FIGS) has been the subject of a fair number of posts here in the past couple of years. It has now clearly hit the big time, with a major workshop which got picked up by the BBC, no less.
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Indigenous Seed Savers Gather in the Andes, Agree to Fight Climate Change ... - Intercontinental Cry

Indigenous Seed Savers Gather in the Andes, Agree to Fight Climate Change ... - Intercontinental Cry | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Indigenous Seed Savers Gather in the Andes, Agree to Fight Climate Change ...
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Who’s Producing Your Tea (and Other Tropical Crops)?

Who’s Producing Your Tea (and Other Tropical Crops)? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
After ten years in Hawaii at a time when sugar and pineapple still largely supported the islands’ economy, I thought I had growing tropical crops for export to the countries in the temperate regions down pat.
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CacaoNet Technical Guidelines for the Safe Movement of Cacao Germplasm

CacaoNet Technical Guidelines for the Safe Movement of Cacao Germplasm | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The CacaoNet Technical Guidelines for the Safe Movement of Cacao Germplasm provide information on the precautions and quarantine measures to minimize the risk of spread of pests and diseases when cacao genetic resources are being moved.
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Remembering Dorothy Tamasia, barefoot banana curator of the Solomon Islands

Remembering Dorothy Tamasia, barefoot banana curator of the Solomon Islands | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Some bad news from Tony Jansen, via Facebook. He has kindly given us permission to reproduce his post here. I’m very sad to hear the tragic news that my very good friend Dorothy Tamasia has died.
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Debal Deb | The barefoot conservator - Livemint

Debal Deb | The barefoot conservator - Livemint | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Debal Deb | The barefoot conservator Livemint Take, for example, a gene bank built in recent years by the Odisha government.
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Gadam sorghum in the limelight

Gadam sorghum in the limelight | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Remember the Gadam variety, saviour of Kenya’s sorghum farmers? Well, I came across it again a couple of days ago, on the occasion of International Beer Day, as part of an advertizing feature in the Kenya’s Nation newspaper.
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Himalayan foods: healthy and nutritious crop varieties

Himalayan foods: healthy and nutritious crop varieties | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Read about 8 crops in the Nepal Himalayas that are better suited for harsh mountainous climates and can aid rural farmers in increasing yields and income while promoting healthy lifestyles.
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Surviving Glenda

We have finally received news of the Philippines national genebank. Teresita Borromeo, who has worked there for some years, sent us the following email: Yes, after 8 years, we were again devastated by the typhoon.
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Bringing ancient farming to life

There are pigs, sheep and goats here. Some are ancient varieties, more popular 1,400 years ago than they are today.
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The Democratic Republic of Congo home to one of the highest diversity of plantains in Africa

The Democratic Republic of Congo home to one of the highest diversity of plantains in Africa | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A series of collecting missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo reveals the extent of the country’s plantain diversity. Plantains are cooking bananas that are a staple food for millions of people in Africa and Latina America.
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Bambara groundnut goes online

Bambara groundnut goes online | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A workshop on Bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea L) was co-hosted by the Crop Research Institute of Ghana and the Crops for the Future Research Centre (CFFRC) last September in Accra.
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Strategizing about conservation of horticultural crops

Another report from one of our correspondents at the International Horticultural Congress: There were some great discussions during the IHC’s workshop on global conservation strategies for horticultural crops.
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Promoting fruit tree diversity in Central Asia

Promoting fruit tree diversity in Central Asia | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Apple, apricot, almond, cherry, grape, pistachio and walnut are some of the many temperate fruit trees that originated in Central Asia. Find out more in this 2013 Annual Report story.
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Totally terere

Totally terere | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The launching of FAO’s Traditional Crop of the Month with amaranth, just announced on Twitter, reminds me that I was going to post a couple of photos showing how much the crop is being used nowadays in Kenya.
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What to board on the Ark?

What to board on the Ark? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Of the 7,000 edible species in the world today, one in seven is under threat. Since there aren’t enough resources to save all of them, policymakers need to decide which species to focus on. Find out more in this 2013 Annual Report story.
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Capsules of Life

Capsules of Life | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The BBC’s Roots to Riches reaches genebanking for conservation, with the above title. Mainly about the Millennium Seed Bank, which is predictable, and perfectly fine, but we know there’s a lot more to it than that, of course.
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Vavilov all over

Just a quick reminder that the BBC’s wonderful From Roots to Riches programme, charting the history of botany, tackles Nikolai Vavilov today.
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Assessing the nutrition potential of diverse local foods in Vietnam

Assessing the nutrition potential of diverse local foods in Vietnam | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Jessica Raneri, Nutrition and Marketing Diversity Programme Specialist, Bioversity International, reports from Vietnam where she is carrying out research with partners to improve diet quality and diversity using local foods.
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Who is going to farm?

Who is going to farm? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
I spend quite a bit of time reading the writings of people concerned with food, and yet more time talking with them. A constant refrain is that we need more small farms, hence more farmers.
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'Bahay Kubo' veggies thrive in school gardens - Inquirer.net

'Bahay Kubo' veggies thrive in school gardens - Inquirer.net | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Inquirer.net 'Bahay Kubo' veggies thrive in school gardens Inquirer.net “This is because we are losing our agrobiodiversity,” said Julian Gonsalves of International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) on a visit to a school garden at San Roque...
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Seeds keep vital much longer when stored without oxygen - agprofessional.com

Seeds keep vital much longer when stored without oxygen agprofessional.com This is indicated by research carried out by seed physiologists from Wageningen UR and seed experts from the Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands, a Dutch gene bank...
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Wheat everywhere

Wheat has been much in the news in the past few days. There’s been the announcement of the draft genome sequence. And some fancy gene editing from China. But I want to point to a couple of more down-stream stories.
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Seeds keep vital much longer when stored without oxygen - Phys.Org

Seeds keep vital much longer when stored without oxygen - Phys.Org | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Phys.Org Seeds keep vital much longer when stored without oxygen Phys.Org This is indicated by research carried out by seed physiologists from Wageningen UR and seed experts from the Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands, a Dutch gene bank...
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