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17 September 2013 10 Comments
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
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.

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.

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.

07 May 2013 1 Comment

Yale University will be organising the “Yale Food Systems Symposium”, to take place 18-19 October 2013 at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.

The symposium addresses the complex ecological and socio-economic processes of food production, consumption, climate change and rapid urbanisation.

The conveners are now calling for abstracts and workshop proposals before 01 July 2013 on these topics:

  • Climate change and the food system
  • Urbanisation, land use change, and food systems planning
  • Politics, policies, and governance across scales
  • Agricultural biodiversity and issues of genetic property
  • Sustainable intensification, multi-functional agriculture
  • Urban-rural linkages
  • Public and market-based approaches to regulating the food system
  • Alternative food networks
  • The right to food, food justice, and food sovereignty movements
  • Industrial ecology approaches to food systems analysis
  • Sustainable diets and assessing and forecasting nutrition trends
  • Sustainable supply chains
  • University-community partnerships

Please visit the official symposium website for more information.