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Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc
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DFID wins award for maize project

DFID wins award for maize project | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

RT @CGIAR: BREAKING: #CGIAR @CIMMYT drought tolerant maize research wins UK Government award http://t.co/DHdgfaT1 #Ag4Dev...

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Agricultural policy, poverty and the role of the state: the OECD responds

Agricultural policy, poverty and the role of the state: the OECD responds | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

RT @fp2p: Agricultural policy, poverty and the role of the state: the OECD responds http://t.co/nwhz52HV...

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The Budget’s Big Focus on Malnutrition

The Budget’s Big Focus on Malnutrition | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The finance minister’s budget includes a big boost in spending on reducing malnutrition, clearly the priority among the social services programs of the Congress party-led government.
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Food Sovereignty and its Discontents - does international trade help or hurt farmers in developing economies?

Food Sovereignty and its Discontents - does international trade help or hurt farmers in developing economies? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

See the article here http://www.atdforum.org/IMG/pdf_Philipp_Aerni-2.pdf

 

This interesting article from the African Technology Development Forum (ATDF) discusses the meaning of "food sovereignty" versus "food security". 

 

Proponents of food sovereignty say, "Food sovereignty is the right of each nation to maintain and develop its own capacity to produce its basic foods respecting cultural and productive diversity. Food sovereignty is a precondition to genuine food security"

 

But is it? How does international trade affect farmers in developing economies? When you buy your green beans imported from Kenya, what effect are you having?

 

To ask the question another way, is North Korea food-secure? Why or why not?

 

This paper raises some very interesting questions and is sure to lead to stimulating class discussions.


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Interview: Dr Jimmie Rodgers, Director-General, SPC

Interview: Dr Jimmie Rodgers, Director-General, Secretariat of the Pacific ...Island BusinessSome countries have their own their own laboratories like Fiji, so we don't keep everything that Fiji has in the regional gene bank, just the important...

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Waxing lyrical about heirloom grains

Yes, of course this is a self-indulgent bit of film. But fun for all that. They’ve tried to pack too much in — does everyone out there watching actually know what Carolina Gold is, or recognise those panicles?
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The Economics of Chicken Feet… and Other Parts

The Economics of Chicken Feet… and Other Parts | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

The U.S. now exports about 300,000 metric tons of chicken paws every year to places like China. And it pays off for Perdue Farms, to the tune of $40 million (US) per year in added revenue.  


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Vavilov varieties repatriated to Sardinia

It has come to my attention that the University of Sassari in Sardinia recently celebrated its 450th anniversary.
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Using Agrobiodiversity through Biotechnology: Bioinformatics

Using Agrobiodiversity through Biotechnology: Bioinformatics | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
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Setting standards and best practices for genebank conservation

Setting standards and best practices for genebank conservation | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The conservation of crops, crop wild relatives and trees ensures the resources needed to adapt and enhance agriculture remain available for future generations.
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Ag day on Women’s day, or vice versa

You couldn’t make this up.
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center has just reproduced an announcement about Ag Day 2012, which will take place on 8 March. As it so happens, that day is also International Women’s Day.
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Seed festival and India's food politics

Seed festival and India's food politics | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Activists have expressed dismay at the manner in which the Prime Minister discounted the democratic process that led to the Bt Brinjal moratorium.
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How Cheap Fashion is Threatening Food Supply

How Cheap Fashion is Threatening Food Supply | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The high demand for cotton might actually be a contributing factor to food shortages and might be a threat to future food security.

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U.S. Steps Up Funding for Agriculture Research

U.S. Steps Up Funding for Agriculture Research | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

The United States has stepped up funding for research to develop new climate-resilient cereals, high-producing legumes and disease-resistant crops and livestock.

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Huge shift in what we eat

Huge shift in what we eat | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

Our diet will see more dramatic change in the coming decades than at any time in our history, Julian Cribb writes.


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Plant breeders seek improved drought tolerance

Plant breeders seek improved drought tolerance | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Scot Hulbert is studying wheat from around the world to develop hardy new types that can withstand drought.

A plant pathologist at Washington State University, Hulbert has germplasm from Australia and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico, among other parts of the world, that he hopes will provide the key to new types of wheat that need less water.


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101 ways to try to grow Arabidopsis

101 ways to try to grow Arabidopsis | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

Very thorough summary of best practices for growing Arabidopsis. What size pots? What temperature? How much light? With photos and references. Good resource for student researchers!

 

Don't forget to share this one with them too:

The top 10 ways to kill Arabidopsis, by Sean May at NASC.

(http://arabidopsis.info/information/kill.pdf)


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Iron-fortified bananas

Iron-fortified bananas | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Australia's Queensland University of Technology and India's Department of Biotechnology will collaborate on the development of iron-rich GM bananas.
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Digitization and online availability of original collecting mission data to improve data quality and enhance the conservation and use of plant genetic resources

Digitization and online availability of original collecting mission data to improve data quality and enhance the conservation and use of plant genetic resources | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
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Ex situ conservation in genebanks is the most important way of conserving plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA)
(FAO 2010).
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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Just in case we didn’t get anything done ourselves, here’s a little something from Farming First and FAO.
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ICRAF DG shakes up the landscape

“But how do we communicate an approach that has no common language?” asked Tony Simons, Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre.
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Seed quality at tree species’ altitudinal limits

The low-temperature range limit of tree species may be determined by their ability to produce and disperse viable seeds, with processes such as flowering, p (RT @annbot: Seed quality at tree species’ altitudinal limits - http://t.co/oVaycQsC...)...
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Pavlovsk latest, but not very new

Pavlovsk latest, but not very new | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
News of the Pavlovsk Experiment Station has been sitting ignored [1] on the Vavilov Institute’s website since November of last year.
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