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Mainstreaming ecosystem services and biodiversity into agricultural production and management in the Pacific Islands – Launch at COP13 – #AGPMC

FAO in collaboration with the Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD), the Secretariat for the Pacific Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Pacific Community (SPC) has just launched a Technical Guidance Document on “Mainstreaming ecosystem services and biodiversity into agricultural production and management in the Pacific Islands“. The document is available at: The publication has the



The Organic Research Centre is looking to appoint an Agroforestry Research Communicator to work within the Agroforestry Programme on the European projects AGFORWARD (, SustainFARM and AFINET. The successful candidate will collate and prepare information for publication, such as factsheets, technical guides, bulletin articles, videos, webpages, website news items and press releases for a range


LLOOF Project’s guide now available

Living and Learning on Organic Farms It recently came to its conclusion the two-year project LLOOF Thanks to the joint efforts, energies and team work that involved  10 European WWOOF National Organisations, through over 20 online meeting and three face-to-face meetings a complete online and downloadable PDF guide is now available for an inspiring


Training Trainers in Agroecology: the Euro-EducATES Erasmus+ project

The Euro-EducATES project is a partnership project between the federal agricultural institution CEZ-Bergerie nationale, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences of Vienna (BOKU), the European landscape Observatory of Arco Latino, the center for leader Programme and Agricultural Training Methodology (PLZMMC) and the University of Maribor. The project aims: -to improve existing agricultural training


Agroecology Europe is online

Agroecology Europe, a European association to promote Agroecology founded in January 2016, has launched its website: Agroecology Europe intends to place Agroecology high on the European agenda of sustainable development of farming and food systems. It wants to foster interactions between actors in sciences, practices and social movements, by facilitating knowledge sharing and action.


First International Congress on Agrobiodiversity (IAC 2016) in New Delhi, India, 6-9 November 2016

The objective of the Congress is to provide a platform to all the stakeholders engaged in genetic resource conservation and management to deliberate on thematic issues of global importance, with major emphasis on rational and effective use of agrobiodiversity for food, nutrition and environmental security. The IAC 2016 is being organized by the Indian Society


Recruiting at the Centre for Agroecology Water and Resilience, University of Coventry (UK)

It is sought an experienced and committed participatory researcher-practitioner to work as a part of People’s Knowledge, a newly established working group at CAWR. Closing date: 06/11/2016. Apply at Are you someone with experience of: community-engaged, participatory and qualitative research? convening participatory processes? contributing to high quality multi-media publications for academic and public audiences?


Can Information and Communication Technology (ICTs) help you in the application of agroecological practices?

CAPSELLA’s Stakeholder Survey to collect needs and requirements. Please fill in CAPSELLA’s survey about the requirements and needs of the stakeholders and help us to identify and understand  the type of information that different stakeholders have and would like to have access to, as well as the challenges of different stakeholders, which could be supported


Worldwide area cultivated with GMO is shrinking

Breaking news from a recent ISAAA report. Since 1996, when for the very first time OGM were introduced in conventional agriculture, data show a decrease in their worldwide use in 2015. GM soybean is still increasing, GM oilseed rape is stable, whilst GM cotton and especially GM maize areas are decreasing. The most striking reduction

People4Soil: launch of civic campaign for soil protection

On 22 September, the EU-wide campaign People4Soil will start a petition to gather one million signatures asking EU institutions to adopt a specific legal framework on soil protection. People4Soil brings together over 300 organisations from across Europe. It aims to recognise soil as a common good and to encourage EU institutions to adopt a legal

Realizing farmers’ rights through community biodiversity management

A community-based approach to the management of agricultural biodiversity, including supporting community seedbanks, can empower and benefit smallholder farmers and farming communities economically, environmentally and socially. This approach makes implementing farmers’ rights at national level both practical and effective contributing to food and seed security, sustainable livelihoods and resilience. Find the full article at