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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.

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.

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

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.