A piece on “Generating the next generation” by Nigel Chaffey in his latest, always indispensable, Plant Cuttings had me trawling around for an hour or so last night amid botanical teaching resources, looking for stuff that might ...
The biggest environmental summit for a decade must make meaningful progress on global food security and sustainable agriculture, say researchers. CGIAR, the world's largest publicly funded research body, has published a seven-point "call to action" plan. Ahead of the Rio gathering, scientists are calling for an improved commitment to deliver nutrition security and lessen the need to aid. Agriculture is estimated to provide jobs for 40% of the world's population. In its statement, CGIAR said: "Faced with environmental degradation, climate change... and a world population that is continuing to climb, it is critical for farm and natural resources management and policies to play a more central role in shaping the broader development and environmental agendas." The organisations listed a seven-point "call to action" list, which they will present at the gathering in the Brazilian city, including...
The new Richard Attenborough program "Kindom of Plants" made at Kew gardens is airing in the UK. If you have been inspired by it or are looking forward to seeing it outside the UK later this year, many of the plant / insect interactions it covers can be found in TTPB 18. Resources include pictures, references and Teaching Guide.
Indian CollegesIGNOU admissions 2012: Now an online course on biodiversityIndian CollegesThe one month post graduate programme has been been developed by IGNOU's Chair of Sustainable Development (CSD) and covers topics such as the importance of biodiversity,...
Geographers and cartographers often use 2-3 three different software packages for data analysis: they will probably never settle around one tool, online at that, and create a ‘community’ of users there.
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Without the revolution in Brazil’s cerrado and the transformation of inefficient collective and state farms after the fall of communism, it is hard to imagine how the cities of Asia and Africa would have been fed. That raises disturbing questions about the future. The dramatic increase in imports in Asia and the Middle East and Africa seems certain to continue.
Saw an excellent lecture in Glasogw by Prof. Tim Benton, UK Champion for Global Food Security and Professor, University of Leeds. This site is full of nice graphics, images, videos and interactive modules looking at how science addresses food security issues. This one's quite nice: http://www.foodsecurity.ac.uk/food/overview/index.html
The active role of farmersTimes of MaltaPC2: The positive and active role of Maltese farmers as stewards of agro-biodiversity and in the maintenance of the countryside and rural environment is encouraged.
I recently learned in a throw-away comment during the Q&A after a talk about the Vavilov Institute (VIR) genebank that until just a few years ago a single accession was the main source of early maturity in peanut, a line called Chico.
Worsening drought is hitting harvests but agricultural innovations are helping (RT @IFADnews: RT @cgiarclimate: Small-scale farmers harvest against the odds in #Niger: http://t.co/pziY7BD4 @AlertNet...
As rains change, Kenyans turn to planting indigenous treesReuters AlertNetAt the National Gene Bank of Kenya, part of the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, indigenous seedlings are being produced for planting on deforested land.
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