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20 September 2014 Add Comments

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.)

23 October 2013 Add Comments

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.

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.

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.

26 June 2013 Add Comments

The dates for the “3rd International Conference on Neglected and Underutilized Species: For a Food-Secure Africa” (NUS 2013) have now been defined. The conference will take place 25-27 September 2013, in Accra, Ghana.

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations need to be submitted by 15 July 2013 on the following themes:

  1. Resilience of agricultural and livelihood systems
    a)   Diversification for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa
    b)   NUS for nutrition and health
  2. Upgrading value chains of neglected and underutilized species
  3. Creating an enabling policy environment
    a)   Policy frameworks
    b)   Capacity development and institutions
    c)   Partnership, projects, platforms

Guidelines on how to submit an abstract, information on sponsorship opportunities, and general information on the conference are available on www.NUS2013.org