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20 September 2014 Add Comments
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Geographical Indications, Biodiversity and Poor Communities: The opportunity for geographical indications to provide protection for traditional indigenous biodiversity products and benefits to poor agricultural communities.

Developed countries are rich in biodiversity, and a number of attractive native products are traditionally derived from domesticated and wild plants and animals. In some cases such products have shown potential on domestic and export markets, but incipient quality reputations are at risk from disloyal competition, poor quality management and insufficient understanding how genetic, location-specific and management factors influence product quality.

Geographic Indications (GI) are a tool to overcome some of the limitations faced by traditional products on markets. In particular they can provide protection of native products against the illegitimate use of product labels, and their implementation could bring about considerable benefits for poor agricultural communities.

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and Crops for the Future (CFF) are committed to assisting Less Developed Countries (LDC) to (i) Identify candidate products for GI protection, (ii) Assess the challenges communities and value chains face in setting up GI quality management systems (iii) Explore legal implications of GI registration that underpin the improvement of national regulatory frameworks on Geographic Indications (GIs).

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Citation
Marie-Vivien, D. and Chabrol, D. 2014. Geographical Indications, Biodiversity and Poor Communities: The opportunity of geographical indications to provide protection of traditional indigenous biodiversity products and benefits to poor agricultural communities. A Desk Study on six target countries: Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Mauritania, commissioned by UNCTAD and CFF. July 2014, 80 p.

 

The report is a follow-up on a global GI study undertaken by GFU in 2007 (Larson 2007, Relevance of geographical indications and designations of origin for the sustainable use of genetic resources.)

29 October 2013 Add Comments
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The BIO5 Institute at the University of Arizona has announced the 2014 “Tucson Plant Breeding Institute” to be held January 6-10, 2014. The course encompasses 4 modules: 1) Introduction to Plant Quantitative Genetics, 2) Introduction to Plant Genomics, 3) Advanced Statistical Plant Breeding, and 4) Bioinformatics for Breeders. One of the instructors, J.B. Walsh, also teaches at the upcoming African Plant Breeding Academy that focuses on “orphan” crops, and alerted us to the fact that much of the January course material  will be on the use of new statistical, genomic, and bioinformatic tools that will be of interest to researchers working on orphan crops.

23 October 2013 Add Comments
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Three new training courses on neglected and underutilised species have just been announced by Bioversity International and partner organisations to take place in November and December this year in Uganda and Benin. The courses seek to strengthen research capabilities of African researchers and specifically address: 1) scientific writing and communication, 2) value chain research, and 3) food systems. The call invites holders of at least a Master’s degree and not older than 40 years from Benin, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal (Benin course) and Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda (Uganda courses) to apply not later than 28 October.

17 September 2013 10 Comments
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3rd International Conference on Neglected and Underutilized Species: For a Food-Secure Africa (NUS 2013)

3rd International Conference on Neglected and Underutilized Species: For a Food-Secure Africa (NUS 2013)

As part of the conference coverage for NUS 2013, New Agriculturist – a widely read and well – recognised online journal, will be helping to share your stories about how agricultural knowledge and innovation regarding neglected crops are helping to address major development challenges and make a real difference in the lives of the poor. In particular, the New Agriculturist is interest to feature case studies that show how the author’s work is helping to achieve developmental change in increasing environmental resilience with NUS, in enhancing food and nutrition security, or benefiting people’s lives and livelihoods through the upgrading of NUS value chains.

The conveners of the conference kindly invite participants who may be interested to collaborate and have their stories published to submit a short outline for articles that correspond with the following conference themes:

Theme 1: Resilience of agricultural and livelihood systems

  • Diversification for food security in sub-Saharan Africa
  • NUS for nutrition and health

Theme 2: Upgrading value chains of neglected and underutilized species

Interested contributors are advised to write directly to Olivia Frost at email hidden; JavaScript is required, and copy to email hidden; JavaScript is required by no later than 30th September 2013. Please visit the official website of the “3rd International Conference on Neglected and Underutilized Species: For a Food-Secure Africa (NUS 2013)” for more information and article submission guidelines.

03 September 2013 Add Comments
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3rd Bambara Groundnut Workshop

3rd Bambara Groundnut Workshop

The Crop Research Institute of Ghana (CSIR) and Crops for the Future Research Centre (CFFRC) will be organising the “3rd International Bambara Groundnut Workshop”, to take place on 24 September 2013 in Ellking Hotel, Accra, Ghana. The workshop will be held in conjunction with the 3rd International Conference on Neglected and Underutilized Species (NUS 2013) and is an open meeting for anyone who wishes to attend, particularly NUS 2013 delegates.

Bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea L.) is an indigenous African legume which fills the same ecological niche as the introduced South American groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.) but it is believed to have greater drought tolerance and pest resistance. The workshop is an opportunity for the wider community working on Bambara groundnut (and underutilised legumes more generally) to discuss collaborative links which will help to broaden the international scope of the research effort and dissemination of findings concerning this legume.

Interested participants are advised to register directly with the organisers of the workshop, Ms. Razlin Azman at email hidden; JavaScript is required. Please visit the official website of the 2012 Crops for the Future Research Symposium for further details and a report on the previously held 2nd International Workshop on Bambara Groundnut.