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13 Apr 2017

Small farms are essential for food security, study says

As the world moves towards large-scale plantation agriculture, it's crucial poor countries protect small farmers to meet the food needs of a growing global population, says the first The Lancet Planetary Health issue featuring Bioversity International's Jessica Fanzo and Roseline Remans.

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12 Apr 2017

Increasing access to quality and diverse seed: A journey to the Kiziba community seedbank

As the threat of climate change looms large over the agriculture sector and food security, many farmers in Uganda are beginning to appreciate the importance of seed diversity. Recently a team of farmers from Bunyoro region traveled to the Kiziba community seed bank to study how it operates ... read more

30 Mar 2017

Connecting landscapes with ecological corridors will benefit people, nature and business

To guarantee productive, profitable farms today and tomorrow, we need agrobiodiversity at the
ecosystem, agronomic and genomic level to work together, says M. Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Bioversity International, in World Business Council for Sustainable Development and Syngenta's ... read more

28 Mar 2017

Obstacles to gender-smart fertilizer use hurt livelihoods, scientists say

Compiling gender-inclusive data could help scientists understand how to help improve nitrogen fertilizer application practices among smallholder farmers, according to a new research paper.

21 Mar 2017

What can social scientists do to better influence policy? Let's start with these ten tips.

Today's complex problems pose significant challenges to those making policy decisions. The work of social scientists can be crucial to understanding the human and social consequences of such decisions, yet little guidance exists to help them bring their influence to bear. CSIRO's Nadine ... read more

15 Mar 2017

Banking on diversity and knowledge-sharing – the story of one of Uganda’s best farmers

One of the winners of Uganda’s National Best Farmers competition, Joy Mugisha is not only an invaluable source of agrobiodiversity knowledge for her community but a key research partner for Bioversity International and NARO.

15 Mar 2017

Working with farmers to fight crop disease

Livelihoods in East and Central Africa are seriously threatened by Banana Xanthomonas Wilt, a devastating disease causing up to 100% yield loss and severely damaging the livelihoods and food security of banana farming households across the region. In Uganda, with the help of the McKnight ... read more

06 Mar 2017

Revealing the benefits of gender-responsive participatory research for sustainable forest management

The special issue of Forests, Trees and Livelihoods explores the prospect of gender-responsive participatory research on forests. The five contributing articles demonstrate that local ecological knowledge is neither homogeneously distributed within communities nor concentrated among ... read more

03 Mar 2017

Taking a 360 degree approach to sustainable intensification

Sustainable intensification is far more than just the latest food security buzzword. It is being widely postulated as a means to increase agricultural productivity whilst reducing the environmental impacts commonly associated with agricultural intensification. Authors of a new publication ... read more

13 Feb 2017

Romanticizing cocoa diversity - why we should be eating diverse chocolate on Valentine's Day

As we get ready for the year's tastiest event, the Salon du Chocolat in Paris, discover our Valentine's Day special: a list of publications, podcasts and other materials that not only highlight our passion for chocolate and the people who grow and produce it, but especially diverse ... read more

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