New publication: Climate-smart technologies in Rakai Uganda

The role of networks in diffusion and uptake of climate-smart technologies in Rakai, Uganda. Report of project initiation workshops, 5-9 May 2014.

The role of networks in diffusion and uptake of climate-smart technologies in Rakai, Uganda. Report of project initiation workshops, 5-9 May 2014.

The role of networks in diffusion and uptake of climate-smart technologies in Rakai, Uganda. Report of project initiation workshops, 5-9 May 2014.

This report summarizes the first steps of a project to analyze the role of networks in the diffusion and uptake of climate-smart technologies in Rakai, Uganda. The activity is part of the Policy Action for Climate Change Adaptation (PACCA) project funded by Climate Change for Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). We held two workshops. The first was a participatory assessment with farmers in Rakai to understand their perceptions of climate change and resilience of their landscapes, using “indicators of resilience in socio-ecological production landscapes (SEPLs)”. The second was a workshop to develop the project work plan and tools, including a forthcoming smallholder farmers survey on networks, technologies and practices to better understand how farmers in Rakai communicate and exchange knowledge about farming practices.

The publication is now available from Bioversity International.  Presentations made at the planning meeting are available here: Caroline Mwongera Trade Off Analysis; Edidah Ampaire CCAFS PACCA_Policy Initiative; Eliezer Moses CCAFS in Tanzanzia; Michael Halewood PACCA Policy Network Survey; Geoffrey Lubinga State of the environment in Rakai district

Positioning genetic resources for food and agriculture in the climate change agenda

 

by Linda Collette, Secretary, Commission on Genetic Resources for  Food and Agriculture (CGRFA)

Genetic resources for food and agriculture play a crucial role in food security, nutrition and livelihoods and in the provision of environmental services. They are key components of sustainability, resilience and adaptability in production systems. They underpin the ability of crops, livestock, aquatic organisms and forest trees to withstand a range of harsh conditions. Thanks to their genetic diversity plants, animals and micro-organisms adapt and survive when their environments change. Climate change poses new challenges to the management of the world’s genetic resources for food and agriculture, but it also underlines their importance.

Given the importance of the issues, FAO prepared, at the request of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, thematic studies on the interactions between climate change and plant, animal, forest, aquatic, invertebrate and micro-organism genetic resources (available at www.fao.org/nr/cgrfa/cross-sectorial/climate-change/en/). The results of these studies are summarized in the forthcoming book entitled: “Coping with climate change – the roles of genetic resources for food and agriculture”. The book will be launched in January and available at www.fao.org/nr/cgrfa.

After a brief overview of the main international processes relevant to climate change, the book presents six sections dealing with the various sectors of genetic resources for food and agriculture. Each section addresses two key questions: 1) What are the possible effects of climate change on genetic resources for food and agriculture and how does it influence their management? 2) What are the specific roles of genetic resources for food and agriculture in coping with climate change? The book ends with a discussion of conclusions and opportunities identified.

This book aims to raise awareness of the important roles of genetic resources for food and agriculture in coping with climate change and to contribute to the mainstreaming of genetic resources for food and agriculture into climate change adaptation and mitigation planning at national and international levels.

For more information please contact, Linda Collette, Secretary of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)  at cgrfa@fao.org

Community seed banks and the International Year of Family Farming 2014

2014 is the International Year of Family Farming. Around the world, events are organized to celebrate this special year. In a recent blog, Pitambar Shrestha, Programme Officer of LI-BIRD based in Nawalparasi, described how one such event,  “Planet Nepal 3,” was recently held in Kathmandu, Nepal. Among the many things to visit -art exhibition, acrobatic show, concert, films, farmers’ market-, LI-BIRD put up a community seed bank stall.The stall exhibited 365 local varieties, including 162 of rice, among which the famous Jumli Marshi rice from Jumla. Read the full story at: http://www.libird.org/app/news/view.aspx?record_id=18

New article about community seed banks

Pitambar Shrestha, Gea Galluzzi, Bhuwon Sthapit and Ronnie Vernooy recently published an article about the multiple functions and services of community seed banks, based on a study of community seed banks around the world. You can download the article freely from the journal Resources.

Vernooy, R.; Sthapit, B.; Galluzzi, G.; Shrestha, P. 2014. The multiple functions and services of community seed banks. Resources. Resources 3, 636-656. Available from: http://www.mdpi.com/2079-9276/3/4/636