CGIAR

Outreach Materials Released in Support of First International Day of Forests [viewed]

21 March 2013: A number of organizations have developed and released outreach and communications materials in support of the first International Day of Forests, an event to be held annually on 21 March. The materials focus on the key messages presented by the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) with regards to: forests and air; water; biodiversity; land; forests and resilience to natural disasters; forests as a key part of the climate change solution; healthy forests, healthy people; and forests are our livelihoods, wealth.

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ICRAF Calls for Focus on Land Rights to Improve Gender Equity in Sulawesi [viewed]

11 March 2013: As part of an assessment on livelihood systems for an "Agroforestry and Forestry in Sulawesi" project, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has published "Gender, livelihood and land in South and Southeast Sulawesi," which identifies key challenges to the effective participation of women in land-use management.

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ICARDA Newsletter Documents Sustainable Agriculture Efforts in Drylands [viewed]

March 2013: The March Newsletter from the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) describes ICARDA's efforts to encourage long-term salinity management investments in Iraq's agriculture sector, micronutrient research in lentils, conservation farming in Iraq, and training on characterizing goat and sheep diversity for conservation and sustainable use in Ethiopia. 

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Bioversity International Publishes Global Strategy on Cocoa Conservation [viewed]

March 2013: A global strategy document on the conservation of genetic diversity and the sustainable use of cacao has been coordinated by CacaoNet and released by Bioversity International.

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Bioversity International Workshop Addresses Maintenance of Agricultural Biodiversity [viewed]

5 March 2013: In the context of limited interventions on the ground for on-farm conservation of genetic diversity of crop varieties, Bioversity International and partners held a workshop to learn lessons on the roles of custodian farmers for conservation, use and dissemination of agricultural biodiversity.

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Event: Workshop on Biodiversity and Resilience of Agroecosystems [viewed]

This workshop is the first of a series in preparation for the 2014 Resilience Conference, which will convene in Montpellier, France (http://www.resilience2014.org/). The workshop is organized by CIRAD (Agricultural Research for Development) and Bioversity International. It will focus on the role of biodiversity in the management of multiple agroecosystem services in development contexts, and the contribution of biodiversity to resilience. Key interdisciplinary themes of the workshop will consider: the critical contribution of scales, interactions and feedbacks; tradeoffs and synergies; and the role of spatio-temporal heterogeneity in determining the impact of biodiversity on regulatory processes. Key contributions from the social sciences, specifically perspectives relating to human well-being, and the role of institutions, including governance structures, markets, and public policy as they relate to supporting biodiversity's impact on resilience will also be explored. The objective of the workshop series is to bring together the French and international scientific communities for an in depth exploration of the multiple dimensions of resilience following the theme of the 2014 Resilience Conference: “Adaptation, Transformation and Development”.  

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Bioversity International Spatial Data on Cultivated Plants and Wild Relatives Available Online [viewed]

1 March 2013: Over the past 40 years, Bioversity International has gathered information on cultivated plants and wild relatives from around the world, resulting in over 200,000 samples, which are now available online in the Collecting Missions Database.

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Bioversity International and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Agreement Supports Banana Research [viewed]

1 March 2013: As part of global efforts to support the conservation of bananas and plantains, Bioversity International and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven have come to an agreement to store Bioversity's collection of banana and plantain germplasm at the university in Leuven, Belgium.

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FAO and CGIAR Partnership to Increase Collaboration on Research and Innovation [viewed]

FAO28 February 2013: A new five year Memorandum of Understanding between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has been signed to help the FAO provide the CGIAR with advice on agricultural research priorities.

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Bioversity International Appoints New Director General [viewed]

21 February 2013:  Bioversity International has announced the appointment of Ann Tutwiler as the incoming Director General.

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