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Planting rebellion: How to reclaim our seed culture

Planting rebellion: How to reclaim our seed culture | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
A new book highlights the culture of "seed-savers" and reveals the crucial, often invisible role seeds play in keeping our food system stable and genetically diverse.
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Genetic diversity: The hidden face of biodiversity

Genetic diversity: The hidden face of biodiversity | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
Will future conservation policies have to take account of the genetic diversity within each species ?

 

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Colombia: Científicos, indígenas, campesinos y comunidades negras hablaron sobre cambio climático

Colombia: Científicos, indígenas, campesinos y comunidades negras hablaron sobre cambio climático | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
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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
Research centre (aka ICRAF) putting trees on farms to raise farmers� incomes and reduce poverty, working between agriculture and forestry...
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The Science of Local Food | The New York Academy of Sciences

The local food movement has flourished in recent years, with direct-to-consumer marketing accounting for over $1.2 billion in sales in the U.S. annually. Farmers markets and community-supported agriculture are on the rise, with consumers turning to local food systems in hopes of finding healthier, tastier, environmentally-conscious, and energy-efficient alternatives to industrial foods. Although the movement is growing rapidly, research into whether local food is indeed more nutritious and sustainable is still in its infancy. The Science of Local Food—presented at the South Street Seaport Museum on June 26, 2012 by Science & the City, the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science, and New Amsterdam Market—explored the true value of local food and discussed its environmental and cultural impacts. This was the last event in the Locavore's Dilemma series.


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Indigenous agroforestry 'may improve livelihoods' - SciDev.Net

Indigenous agroforestry 'may improve livelihoods' - SciDev.Net | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
A three-step guide to agroforestry could boost farmers' incomes, drive local development and generate small-scale industries, says a book.

 

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Silent Spring, the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson's book

Silent Spring, the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson's book. Professor David Pimental reflects on 50 years since the publication of Rachel Carson’s influential book, Silent Spring. Prof. Pimentel offers a personal reflection on the impact of Silent Spring, and about the environmental effects of pesticides, on the 50th anniversary of its publication.

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New Agriculturist: Developments - Rwanda's efforts to adapt to climate change

New Agriculturist: Developments - Rwanda's efforts to adapt to climate change | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
The Rwandan government has developed a strategy to become a climate resilient, low carbon economy by mainstreaming climate change response into its development strategy and across key sectors.

 

 

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Nepal scores in fight against wheat rust - SciDev.Net

Nepal scores in fight against wheat rust - SciDev.Net | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
Limited resources have not stopped Nepali plant breeders from gaining international recognition in the fight against wheat rust.

 

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New Agriculturist: Focus on... ICTs in agriculture

New Agriculturist: Focus on... ICTs in agriculture | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
From an agricultural make-over television programme, to the use of video, radio and mobile phones, we focus on a number of initiatives that are using ICTs to provide farmers in developing countries with the information they need to be productive...
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Hope of greater global food output, less environmental impact of agriculture

Hope of greater global food output, less environmental impact of agriculture | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
Can we have enough to eat and a healthy environment, too? Yes -- if we're smart about it, suggests a new study.
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Simplified diagnosis tool could reduce cattle fatalities - SciDev.Net

Simplified diagnosis tool could reduce cattle fatalities - SciDev.Net | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
Researchers in Uganda say a diagnostic score card designed to help communities and animal health workers can curb disease outbreaks.
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Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) 2012 Science Symposium

Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) 2012 Science Symposium | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it

The 2012 GBIF Science Symposium will be held on 19 September in association with the 19th meeting of the GBIF Governing Board.The symposium will take place at the Lillehammer University College and is open to the public.However, for practical purposes please register at http://gb19.gbif.org/GB19/GB19reg/freeReg0

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Cassava virus resistance breakthrough for Africa

Cassava virus resistance breakthrough for Africa | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
One of the worst diseases of the tuber crop, cassava, in sub-Saharan Africa is Cassava brown streak disease (CBSD). Since its resurgence in East Africa in recent years, it is now spreading to Centr...

 

 

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New Agriculturist: News brief - Tortillas on the roaster - climate change threatens maize and beans

New Agriculturist: News brief - Tortillas on the roaster - climate change threatens maize and beans | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
Rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns could cut maize and bean production in large parts of Central America by 25 per cent or more within ten years, according to a new report from CIAT and CIMMYT.

 

 

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Land use, climate change adaptation and indigenous peoples - OurWorld 2.0 | OurWorld 2.0

Land use, climate change adaptation and indigenous peoples - OurWorld 2.0 | OurWorld 2.0 | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
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Women farmers can influence policy through theatre - SciDev.Net

Women farmers can influence policy through theatre - SciDev.Net | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
Theatre is a powerful tool to mobilise women farmers in Africa, say agriculture specialists Lindiwe Majele Sibanda and Sithembile Mwamakamba.

 

 

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Recognizing and promoting farmers’ knowledge and rights: the policy challenges / CGIAR

Recognizing and promoting farmers’ knowledge and rights: the policy challenges / CGIAR | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it

 

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Agfax interview: Soya seed treatment to boost yields - download or listen to audio

Agfax interview: Soya seed treatment to boost yields - download or listen to audio | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
Agfax - Reporting Science in Africa: Soya seed treatment to boost yields Interview by George Kalungwe - download or listen to audio...
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Colombia registra alza sostenida en reforestación - SciDev.Net

Colombia registra alza sostenida en reforestación - SciDev.Net | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
En una década el área de bosques de Colombia aumentó en 17.000 km⊃2; y continúa reforestándose cada año por migraciones y regeneración natural.
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New Agriculturist: News brief - Local control of forests increases income and sustainability

New Agriculturist: News brief - Local control of forests increases income and sustainability | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
To increase the incomes of the billion forest-dependent people worldwide, a 'rights-based' system of locally controlled forestry, which places local control of forests at the heart of investment processes, is required, a report has revealed.
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UN launches network for sustainable development - SciDev.Net

UN launches network for sustainable development - SciDev.Net | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
The UN has launched an international network aiming to link researchers and policymakers to forge post-2015 sustainable development solutions.
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Using Fertilizer Wisely Could Help Feed 9 Billion People: Scientific American

Using Fertilizer Wisely Could Help Feed 9 Billion People: Scientific American | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
Farmers in the U.S.and China should use less fertilizer, freeing it up for application where such nutrients can do the most good...
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Water problems mount for South Asian farmers - SciDev.Net

Water problems mount for South Asian farmers - SciDev.Net | The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine | Scoop.it
Scientists in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have warned that rain shortages could have a catastrophic impact on the region's agriculture.
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