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23 August 2013 Add Comments
Global Survey on Ways and Means to Conserve and Use Genetic Diversity

Global Survey on Ways and Means to Conserve and Use Genetic Diversity

On behalf of the Secretariat of FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research (PAR) is carrying out a global survey that aims to identify lessons learned about the ways and means to conserve and use genetic diversity to build resilience to climate change in food and agriculture systems.

The survey has been designed to gather experiences from around the world on climate change adaptation and mitigation actions that involve the use of agrobiodiversity. It also aims to obtain information on the extent to which the role of genetic resources is recognised and genetic resources are used for adaptation and mitigation. For this reason, the survey seeks information about the inclusion of genetic resources dimensions in the development, for example, of National Adaptation Programmes of Action, National Adaptation Plans, Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions and other climate change planning processes. The results of the survey will support the preparation of guidelines for the integration of genetic diversity considerations into climate change adaptation planning.

Please feel free to participate in the survey before 22 September 2013 via http://agrobiodiversityplatform.org/survey/index.php/862497. All participants in the survey will receive a copy of the final report prepared from the information received.

01 August 2013 2 Comments
International Symposium on Indigenous Vegetables

International Symposium on Indigenous Vegetables

The World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) and the International Society for Horticulture Science (ISHS) will be organising the “International Symposium on Indigenous Vegetables”, to take place 18-20 August 2014 in Brisbane, Australia. The symposium will be held in conjunction with the 29th International Horticultural Congress (IHC2014).

The conference aims to increase agricultural systems diversification – focusing on indigenous vegetables – in order to improve human nutrition through better balanced diets and to achieve more resilient, profitable, and sustainable small-holder production and marketing systems. The target region of interest of this symposium will be confined to the Pacific Island communities and other locations in Africa and Asia, where poor current dietary choices have led to critically high human health costs to society.

International Symposium on Indigenous Vegetables” is now calling for abstracts to be submitted by 01 November 2013 on the following topics:

  1. Germplasm and seed systems;
  2. Sustainable production for more resilient systems;
  3. Postharvest and commercialisation; and
  4. Nutrition and consumption

Applicants are advised to write directly to the conveners of the symposium, Dr. Dyno Keatinge or Dr. Jaw-Fen Wang, at email hidden; JavaScript is required. Please visit the official website of “International Symposium on Indigenous Vegetables” for more information.

25 July 2013 2 Comments
Contemporary Approaches to Genetic Resources Conservation and Use

Contemporary Approaches to Genetic Resources Conservation and Use

Wageningen University and the Research Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) will be organising a training programme on “Contemporary Approaches to Genetic Resources Conservation and Use”, 07-25 April 2014, in Wageningen, The Netherlands.

The overall objective of this training programme is to enhance participants’ capabilities to analyse plant genetic resources policies and their impact on conservation and use, and to support policymakers and other stakeholders in the implementation of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (IT-PGRFA) in the national context.

Full travel, board and lodging expenditures will be provided by the Netherlands Fellowship Programmes to successful applicants. Deadline for fellowship application is 1 October 2013 (see “Scholarship Online“).

Please read this PDF document or visit the official website of CDI for more information.

08 July 2013 2 Comments
First Global Conference on Yam (Dioscorea species)

First Global Conference on Yam (Dioscorea species)

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) will be organising the “First Global Conference on Yam (Dioscorea species)”, to take place 03-06 October 2013 in Accra, Ghana.

The conference aims to serve as a platform for consultation and development of a global strategy for improving the yam sector through genetic enhancement, crop protection, adaptation to climate change, prevention of post-harvest losses, improved seed systems and improved market access.

IITA is now calling for abstracts to be submitted by 12 August 2013. Applicants are advised to write directly to Dr. Robert Asiedu at email hidden; JavaScript is required. Please visit the official website of “First Global Conference on Yam” for more information.

16 April 2013 1 Comment
International Symposium on Agrobiodiversity for Sustainable Development

International Symposium on Agrobiodiversity for Sustainable Development

Bioversity International and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences will be organising the ”International Symposium on Agrobiodiversity for Sustainable Development”,  03-04 June 2013 in Beijing, China.

The symposium will focus on the important role of agricultural biodiversity in agroecological intensification for supporting productive and resilient farming systems to improve livelihoods of smallholder farmers. The symposium will also aim to understand the local cultural values in enhancing productivity through the use of traditional crop varieties, traditional farming practices and climate change response strategies.

Please read this PDF document or contact the organising committee directly at email hidden; JavaScript is required for more information. Participants need to submit this registration form to the organisers before 30 April 2013. The local costs of accommodation and food will be covered by the organisers for registered participants presenting scientific posters.