A book worth waiting for

by Jeremy Cherfas on April 19, 2015

With our own hands

An old friend, Frederik van Oudenhoven, and his friend and colleague Jamila Haider, are deep in the proofs of what looks to be a wonderful book. With Our Own Hands “tells, for the first time, the cultural and agricultural history of the Afghan and Tajik Pamirs, one of the world’s least known and most isolated civilisations”. Should be a great read, with stunning photographs to accompany the local recipes, essays, stories and poetry. Better yet, generous donors are allowing 1800 copies to travel back to the Pamirs to be given to communities, schools, cooks and libraries.

If you’re interested, you should pre-order. Details here.

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Monitoring plant diseases

by Luigi Guarino on April 4, 2015

I think we may have blogged about ProMED before, but I don’t feel at all guilty about another shout-out. I have no idea to what extent the whole thing is automated, but if there’s anything in the press about a disease — of plants, livestock or humans — it gets a little write up on the website, and a dot on the map. And you can sign up for email alerts or subscribe to an RSS feed, or indeed to their Twitter feed or Facebook page if that’s your vice. I sometimes dream of doing something similar for all kinds of threats to agrobiodiversity.

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And while we’re on the subject, just a reminder that there’s a new new app for Pacific pests and pathogens, courtesy of those nice people at Pestnet.

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Seeds of Time comes to Bonn!

3 April 2015
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Complementary potato conservation in the Parque de la Papa

1 April 2015

I was in South America for the past couple of weeks, which is why blogging has been, well, slow. One of the places I visited was the Parque de la Papa, or Potato Park, near Cusco in Peru, thus fulfilling a long-standing ambition. The Parque brings together six local communities around the imperative to conserve […]

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Forum for the Future of Agriculture debates the future of agriculture

31 March 2015

The Forum for the Future of Agriculture has a programme of activity focused on the food and environmental security agenda, across Europe and the world. The main platform is the annual conference in Brussels. This is established as the premier meeting place for those who have a stake in the future of agriculture and has […]

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More millets than you can shake a stick at

31 March 2015

Rather good advocacy video from the Deccan Development society. Of course, you might get the impression from the film that nobody else has given millets a thought, but hey, that’s advocacy for you.

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Listening to the fizmer

30 March 2015

A couple of weeks ago we Nibbled an article by the writer Robert Macfarlane on his decade-long effort to rescue local words for features of the British landscape from oblivion. Macfarlane also has a piece on this obsession of his in the latest alumni magazine of the University of Cambridge — he’s Senior Lecturer in […]

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Brainfood: IBPGR collecting, Persimmon diversity, ABS, On farm economics, Wild Colombian potatoes, Indian rice cores, Tibetan chickens, Ligonberry antioxidants, Tanzanian veggie IK, Melon sugar genes, Moroccan lentil diversity, Grasspea diversity, Quinoa ABS

30 March 2015

Plant genetic resources collections and associated information as a baseline resource for genetic diversity studies: an assessment of the IBPGR-supported collections. 35% of 200,000 accessions collected by IBPGR from 1975-95 still in a genebank somewhere. Genetic diversity among germplasms of Diospyros kaki based on SSR markers. Chinese non-astringent types closer to Chinese astringent types than […]

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