Half of the world’s population is directly engaged in agriculture and nearly 40 per cent of land is devoted to agriculture and livestock.
Reference: SCBD/OMG/NP/LM/62326 (2008-021)
To: All CBD Focal Points and partner organizations
As you will recall the theme for the International Day for Biological Diversity (IBD) in 2008 is ‘Biodiversity and Agriculture’. The Secretariat is pleased to announce the launching of the webpage for IBD, which includes an introduction to the theme and electronic versions of this year’s poster ...English
There is much to be learned from Sweden on integrating our farm systems, naturally, with the local ecosystems. It seems I brought the snow to Sweden. Like us, they have had a mild, wet winter, and even in Dalarna, towards the middle of the country, barely a scrap of the white stuff has fallen.
Villagers have seen living standards rise after they began raising and protecting the insects, which pollinate plants and also protect biodiversity. Yang Wanli reports from Kunming.
A swarm of desert locusts is destroying crops and threatening the livelihoods of farmers in Pakistan's Punjab province. The country, which is facing its worst locust infestation in two decades, declared a national emergency earlier this month.
Global food systems are at a breaking point. Not only are they responsible for roughly a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions, they are also the top contributors to water pollution and biodiversity collapse.
Climate change is severely impacting India's farmers by making monsoons more irregular. One farmer in Madhya Pradesh found help in a forecast model devised in Germany that predicts the rains with surprising accuracy.
The Indian Ocean island of Madagascar is the leading global producer of vanilla and blessed with a bountiful biodiversity, yet it remains one of the poorest countries in the world.
The first-ever FAO report on the importance of biodiversity for food and agriculture warns that the abundance of our food supply is diminishing — with worrisome consequences for global food security.
8 - 10 November 2001, Montreal, Canada
A three-year research project shows how functional traits drive pollinator and predator responses to semi-natural grassland strips embedded in agricultural landscapes. The findings are published in Journal of Applied Ecology.
Sustainable agricultural practices offer net zero and biodiversity benefits, the frozen chips giant claims Frozen chips giant McCain has pledged to use potatoes grown using regenerative agricultural practices across its portfolio of products worldwide by the end of the decade, it announced today.
24 - 26 May 2000, Dresden, Germany
12-year-old Edelsin Linette Mendez lives with her siblings and parents on their small coffee farm in the beautiful highlands of Nicaragua. Coffee farming has supported the Mendez and thousands of other families for generations, with coffee accounting for 30% of the country’s exports.
3 - 4 November 2005, Washington, United States of America
The use of pesticides in agriculture has been increasing with time as the demand for food production increases with the increase in population. Historically, pesticides have been known as economic poison and can be categorized into insecticides, fungicides, herbicides and plant-growth-regulators ...
It is with great pleasure that I extend my congratulations to Dr Mahmoud Solh and his whole team, on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the creation of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA).<br><br><table width=120> <tr><b>Other languages:</b></tr ...
<br>View also the Message <a href='/doc/speech/2007/sp-2007-05-04-icarda-ar.pdf'>in Arabic</a>.
I am very honoured to have this opportunity to address close collaboration between IPGRI and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. It is regrettable that I am prevented from attending this important meeting at the launch of the platform, which addresses one of the most impo ...
The global food system is facing a number of stresses and shocks due to the complex interplay of social, economic, political and environmental factors.
A new wave of cow-less dairy is hitting the market. In the United States, Perfect Day is using genetically modified fungi to produce milk protein for ice cream at a commercial scale. And pre-commercial companies, like TurtleTree and Better Milk, are engineering mammary cells to produce human and ...
A small army of botanical heritage enthusiasts is spearheading a m ovement in India for the revival and preservation of the country’s rapidly vanishing food biodiversity by bringing back the rich crop varieties that thrived in the past, but are now on the verge of extinction.
The rapid depletion of agrodiversity with Green Revolution has become much more severe after the advent of Genetic Engineering. India which is a home of cotton lost all its desi cotton varieties as they got relaced by inter specific and intra specific hybrids. After the release of Bt cotton, all ...
The meat industry is a popular target to blame when we analyze the biggest contributors to global warming, but the belief that adopting a purely meatless diet to combat climate change may not be enough.
Agriculture is concerned with rearing animals and the cultivation of crops whilst an ecosystem simply refers to a community of living organisms such as plants and animals together with the non-living components such as the air and soils, interacting with each other in their environment.
A big data study covering more than 7,500 households across 23 tropical countries shows that natural biodiversity could be effective insurance for rural farmers against drought and other weather-related shocks.
GAIN4CROPS is developing novel disruptive technologies to overcome one of the main constraints of photosynthesis: the photorespiration, a process that reduces CO2 assimilation efficiency, and thus biomass yield and agricultural productivity.