Summariers of publications on Food and Farming

Publication: Assessing Agrobiodiversity: A Compendium of Methods


Summary:
This Compendium of methods for assessing agrobiodiversity provides guidelines for the collection and analysis of data about the diversity of crops, livestock, pollinators and harvested wild plants. The methods described have all been used and documented with communities around the world in landscapes with diverse environmental and cultural features. These assessment methods can be adapted to specific study contexts, research questions or monitoring purposes. It is a very practical guide for researchers and practitioners. 

Type of publication: Guidebook

Link to this publication: https://www.agrobiodiversityplatform.org/new-publication-assessing-agrobiodiversity-a-compendium-of-methods#:~:text=Drawing%20on%20experiences%20from%20projects,pollinators%20and%20harvested%20wild%20plants.

Publication: On-farm management of agricultural biodiversity in Nepal


Summary: The book of good practices includes community-based management of agricultural biodiversity such as participatory four-cell analysis that allows analysis of the amount and distribution of local crop diversity and farmers’ rationale for such distribution. It also covers documention of traditional knowledge and diversity inventory using community biodiversity register, diversity block for verification and multiplication of seed, diversity kits to redistribute rare and unique varieties and improve access and availability through social seed network and community seed bank. These methods can equip local institutions to save, store, and exchange local seeds and associated traditional knowledge. The given approaches blend traditional and scientific knowledge to improve local crop diversity through participatory crop enhancement, and to increase demand for local crop diversity by value addition and marketing interventions. 

Type of publication: Book

Link to this publication: https://www.bioversityinternational.org/e-library/publications/detail/on-farm-management-of-agricultural-biodiversity-in-nepal/

 

Publication: Agrobiodiversity, School Gardens and Healthy Diets

Summary: Schools are recognized as excellent platforms for promoting lifelong healthy eating and improving long-term, sustainable nutrition security required for optimum educational outcomes. This book assesses the role of agrobiodiversity in school gardens and its contribution to diversifying diets, promoting healthy eating habits and improving nutrition among schoolchildren. It also looks at other benefits related to climate change adaptation, eco-literacy and greening school spaces. It reveals the multiple benefits of school gardens for improving nutrition and education. It examines issues such as school feeding, community food production, school gardening, nutritional education and the promotion of agrobiodiversity. This book will be essential reading for those interested in promoting agrobiodiversity, sustainable nutrition and healthy eating habits in schools and public institutions. It also identifies important issues, establishes best practices, identifies key criteria for success and advises on strategies for scaling up the uptake of school gardens.

Type of publication: Book

Link to this publication: https://www.bioversityinternational.org/e-library/publications/detail/agrobiodiversity-school-gardens-and-healthy-diets/

 

Publication: Agroecological and other innovative approaches for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition

Summary: In this report, the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) explores the nature and potential contributions of agroecological and other innovative approaches to formulating transitions towards sustainable food systems. The HLPE adopts a dynamic, multiscale perspective, focusing on the concepts of transition and transformation. Many transitions need to occur in particular production systems and across the value chain to achieve a transformation of whole food systems. Both agroecological transitions at small scales and structural changes to institutions at larger scales need to occur in a coordinated way to achieve the desired transformation of the global food system.

Type of publication: Report

Link to this publication: http://www.fao.org/agroecology/database/detail/en/c/1242141/

Publication: Agroecology: Key Concepts, Principles and Practices

Summary: Agroecology is increasingly recognized as the way forward for future agriculture. Recognizing the urgent need to for capacity building on agroecology, this publication shares the basic concepts, principles and practices that emerged during two agroecological training course in Asia and in Africa. It as an introductory reading for those interested in agroecology and associated concepts and practices such as intercropping, crop rotation and others.

Type of publication: Book

Link to this publication: http://www.fao.org/agroecology/database/detail/en/c/454464/

 

Publication: Towards Food Sovereignty: Reclaiming autonomous food systems

Summary: This book on food sovereignty is organized into three parts. The first part highlights the global importance of agriculture and food systems for livelihoods and environments. Recent evidence on the social and environmental impacts of modern food systems is also summarised here. The historical context that gave birth to the concept of food sovereignty is then briefly described. The main features of this alternative policy framework for food, agriculture and land/water use are presented. The second part provides evidence of the importance of local organizations for sustainable livelihoods and food systems. Specific examples highlight some practical ways in which local, autonomous organizations manage various links in the food chain, from seed to plate. Local organizations’ roles in sustaining diverse food systems, livelihoods and environments, producing knowledge and innovations, and designing regulatory institutions are then briefly analyzed. The last part of the book identifies reversals and social actions needed to support locally determined food systems and autonomous organizations. The book emphasized that realizing the right to food sovereignty requires transformation in four interrelated areas: the political, the economic, the social and the ecological. 

Type of publication: Book

Link to this publication: https://pubs.iied.org/G02268

 

Publication: Crop genetic diversity to reduce pests and diseases on-farm

Summary: This guideline is based on the outputs of the participants from different workshops on farmers’ knowledge and practices. The publication helps to understand farmers’ knowledge, practices, problems and needs for using diversity to control pests and diseases. Through participatory assessment combined with laboratory and field analysis, it guides how to determine when and where genetic diversity of the target crop can be recommended to manage pests and diseases. This set of guidelines provides the institutions and project teams with methodological guidelines in planning and implementing participatory diagnosis. It contains the general framework and procedures for undertaking participatory diagnosis, including tools for data collection and analysis.

Type of publication: Guideline

Link to this publication: https://www.bioversityinternational.org/e-library/publications/detail/crop-genetic-diversity-to-reduce-pests-and-diseases-on-farm-participatory-diagnosis-guidelines-ver/