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How can agroforestry help farmers adapt to climate change? | World Agroforestry Centre

How can agroforestry help farmers adapt to climate change? | World Agroforestry Centre | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
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Sustainability | Free Full-Text | Agricultural Biodiversity in Southern Brazil: Integrating Efforts for Conservation and Use of Neglected and Underutilized Species

Sustainability | Free Full-Text | Agricultural Biodiversity in Southern Brazil: Integrating Efforts for Conservation and Use of Neglected and Underutilized Species | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
Brazil is one of the most biodiversity rich countries in the world, including a wealth of agricultural biodiversity in both wild and cultivated forms. This is particularly noticeable in southern Brazil, home to a wide array of underutilized food species whose genetic diversity is maintained mostly by farmers through on-farm management practices. Farmers’ contribution in safeguarding and keeping alive traditional knowledge (TK) essential for recognizing, cultivating, valorising and consuming these resources is critical to their conservation. Part of this diversity, a rich basket of native fruits and landraces of vegetables and grains, is also maintained through ex situ collections managed by Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) and its partners. This article discusses the integrated efforts for in situ/on-farm and ex situ conservation and use of agricultural biodiversity in southern Brazil. This diversity represents an important cultural heritage, since its use, cultivation and associated knowledge result from the dynamic history of the Brazilian population, including colonisation and immigration by several different ethnicities. Many of these species are sources of genes that convey tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses, as a result of the combined action of natural selection and artificial selection by farmers in agricultural systems with low inputs and diverse environmental conditions. Due to their importance for food security, use in breeding programs, high nutritional value, and potential for income generation, Embrapa has taken responsibility for the ex situ conservation of these species. The genebanks that safeguard against the loss of these resources do also play an important role in the restoration of this germplasm to farming communities.
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Cities support more native biodiversity than previously thought

Cities support more native biodiversity than previously thought | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
The rapid conversion of natural lands to cement-dominated urban centers is causing great losses in biodiversity. Yet, according to a new study involving 147 cities worldwide, surprisingly high numbers of plant and animal species persist and even flourish in urban environments -- to the tune of hundreds of bird species and thousands of plant species in a single city.
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Biodiversity and Andean grains: balancing market potential and sustainable livelihoods

Biodiversity and Andean grains: balancing market potential and sustainable livelihoods | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
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Burundi set to embrace hybrid maize seeds - SciDev.Net

Burundi set to embrace hybrid maize seeds - SciDev.Net | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
Food security in Burundi could be improved by new hybrid maize seeds, but only if the seeds are affordable to farmers, say researchers.
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Burundian scientists at both ISABU (nat.res.inst.) and local FAO are involved. 

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Burundian scientists at both ISABU (nat.res.inst.) and local FAO are involved.
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The 3rd International Conference on Neglected and Underutilized Species

The 3rd International Conference on Neglected and Underutilized Species | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
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The 3rd International Conference on Neglected and Underutilized Species is planned for 23–25 September 2013 in Accra, Ghana
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Genetic Resources And Traditional Knowledge : Getting The Rules Right For Agriculture: A Key Challenge For WIPO’s IGC | Intellectual Property Watch

An essential relationship exists among the conservation, development and use of genetic resources, sustainable agriculture and food security.
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Chickpea genome map to benefit poor farmers - AlertNet

Chickpea genome map to benefit poor farmers - AlertNet | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
Scientists have decoded the chickpea genome, a breakthrough that will help them adapt the nutritious crop to climate shifts
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Restoring Maya nut to the daily menu (by Erika Vohman) | Crops for the Future

Restoring Maya nut to the daily menu (by Erika Vohman) | Crops for the Future | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
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From Nature: Essential Biodiversity Variables

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Reducing the rate of biodiversity loss and averting dangerous biodiversity change are international goals, reasserted by the Aichi Targets for 2020 by Parties to the United Nations (UN) Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) after failure to meet the 2010 target. However, there is no global, harmonized observation system for delivering regular, timely data on biodiversity change 

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FAO Media Centre: Sowing the seeds of food security in South Sudan

FAO Media Centre: Sowing the seeds of food security in South Sudan | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
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A Food Think Tank

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Pierre-André Marechal's curator insight, January 12, 2013 1:07 PM

A new initiative that launched yesterday aims to spur change in the complex global food system by fostering the growing community of voices on food issues. What’s more, it is attempting to tackle the system as whole, bridging the current ‘silos’, and bringing together the breadth of stakeholders from researchers and the NGO community to farmers and policy makers. Founders Danielle Nierenberg and Ellen Gustafson plan to provide a repository of agricultural innovations and literature on food and agriculture, in addition to furthering the research and synthesis to support a paradigm shift in the current system. The following is originally posted on the Food Tank website. 

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Agriculture & Food Security | Landscape diversity and the resilience of agricultural returns: a portfolio analysis of land-use patterns and economic returns from lowland agriculture

Conventional agriculture is increasingly based on highly specialized, highly productive farms.
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Key interviews of 2012 - SciDev.Net

Key interviews of 2012 - SciDev.Net | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
SciDev.Net looks back over the year's interviews, highlighting some of the most fascinating Q&A (question and answer) articles.
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Infographic Break: Big Facts on Climate Change and Agriculture

Infographic Break: Big Facts on Climate Change and Agriculture | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
Big Facts is two things. First, it’s a new way to visualize facts related to climate change, agriculture and food security. Second, it’s a source for reliable information on these issue...
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Travel journal gives a voice to Cambodian rural issues

Travel journal gives a voice to Cambodian rural issues | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
A Cambodian farmer was among eight women from rural areas across Asia who last week shared their views with global food policy-makers.
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NUS species in the spotlight

NUS species in the spotlight | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
Next week in Accra, Ghana, The 3rd International Conference on: Neglected and Underutilized Species (NUS): for a Food-Secure Africa will be held from the 25-27 September. The programme will be of g...
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Mongolia’s Nomadic Weather Readers | Solutions

Mongolia’s Nomadic Weather Readers | Solutions | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
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Read about how researchers went about strengthening herders’ capacity to read the weather and plan and carry out livelihood activities accordingly.

 

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New Agriculturist: Developments - Drought tolerant maize in Mali

New Agriculturist: Developments - Drought tolerant maize in Mali | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
In Mali, hundreds of farmers have begun to plant quick maturing, drought tolerant maize.
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Going global: promise and caution for mitigation on the land | CGIAR Climate

Going global: promise and caution for mitigation on the land | CGIAR Climate | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
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New Agriculturist: Focus on... Partnerships and innovative ways of approaching research

New Agriculturist: Focus on... Partnerships and innovative ways of approaching research | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
It was clear from the speakers and participants at GCARD2 that partnership is one of the key factors to be considered if we want to improve livelihoods of smallholder farmers and increase food production.
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Agfax interview: Simple technique to tackle yam diseases - download or listen to audio

Agfax interview: Simple technique to tackle yam diseases - download or listen to audio | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
Agfax - Reporting Science in Africa: Simple technique to tackle yam diseases - download or listen to audio
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New Agriculturist: Developments - Partnership for yam bean

New Agriculturist: Developments - Partnership for yam bean | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
Yam bean, originally from South America, has large storage roots that are richer in nutrients than many alternatives, such as cassava and yam.
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While many of Africa's staple foods - maize, cassava, potatoes, Asian rice - have been introduced from other parts of the world, the idea of introducing yet another new food crop appears a daunting challenge. But over the last decade, a partnership of crop breeders and researchers from South America, Europe and Central and West Africa have been testing the potential of American yam bean (Pachyrhizus spp.) to thrive in African farms and be accepted by consumers.

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Research paper from Biological Conservation - Does stakeholder involvement really benefit biodiversity conservation?

Research paper from Biological Conservation - Does stakeholder involvement really benefit biodiversity conservation? | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
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Biodiversity and livelihoods benefit from agroforestry in The Philippines | World Agroforestry Centre

Biodiversity and livelihoods benefit from agroforestry in The Philippines | World Agroforestry Centre | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
Research centre (aka ICRAF) putting trees on farms to raise farmers� incomes and reduce poverty, working between agriculture and forestry
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Africa Analysis: Filling climate data gaps is only the first step - SciDev.Net

Africa Analysis: Filling climate data gaps is only the first step - SciDev.Net | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
Africa's ever-improving climate change data need to be put to better use if they are to help farmers and avert disasters, says Linda Nordling.
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