"Sowing the Seeds of Change" An Environmental and Sustainable Tourism Teaching Pack for the Hospitality Industry is a newly revised version of the teaching pack edition published in 2001. The teaching pack has been complemented by a series of tools that UNEP has developed in partnership during the past years to provide technical assistance to the industry. This is a joint initiative for the United Nations Environment Programme, Division of Tec
Nyéléni, a legendary Malian peasant who excelled in cultivating the land, gave her name to a global forum on food sovereignty organised in Sélingué, Mali, in February 2007. The Coordination Nationale des Organisations Paysannes du Mali (CNOP) organised a preparatory workshop in Bamako on the privatisation of seeds in West Africa. This workshop, organised together with the European organisations BEDE and IIED, provided an opportunity for an ...
Series: FAO Fisheries Technical PapersFour of the most important resources to aquaculture, outside human and technological resources, are land, water, seed and feed. Efficient use of these resources are necessary to guarantee optimum production from aquaculture. A project Study and Analysis of Seed Production in Small-scale Rural Aquaculture was implemented through a desk study and expert workshop (held in Wuxi, China from 23-26 March 2
Series: FAO Plant Production and Protection PapersThe quality declared seed system, as presented in the 1993 FAO Plant Production and Production Paper No. 117, has been widely used and consulted. It has proved to be particularly useful for those working in the field of emergency seed supply and as a source of practical information on seed standards for a range of crop species. The system provided an alternative for seed quality assuranc
Series: Agricultural and food engineering technical reportsSmall grain mixtures are the mainstay of bird food. Most of the grain species used in these mixtures are of tropical and subtropical origin or could be produced in the tropics and subtropics. Their cultivation, processing and marketing open diverse opportunities for small-scale farmers and entrepreneurs in developing countries. The purpose of this report is to give an overview o
This publication focuses on women’s roles in saving and reproducing seed in the drylands of the Deccan Plateau, in South India. Detailed farmers’ accounts of why seed-saving is essential emphasise the interconnectedness between self-reliance in seed, crop diversity and nutrition. By extension, the realms of food culture and religious rituals (which entail the use of traditional crops) are also linked to seed autonomy. What is most significant ...
Series: FAO Plant Production and Protection PapersFAO, through its Seed and Plant Genetics Resources Service, is conducting a series of expert consultations, workshops and conferences to generate ideas, develop methodologies and facilitate initiatives aimed at strengthening on-farm seed multiplication (the informal seed system), thereby addressing the seed security needs of smallholder farmers. As in sub-Saharan Africa, the informal see
This report examines the diverse arrangements by which people gain access to land and trees, through a system of rental, loans, sharecropping, mortgage and guardianship contracts. The terms and conditions are subject to negotiation according to people and place. Shortage of credit, the withdrawal of government support to agriculture, and absence of legal framework are important factors in generating such institutional innovation. High levels of ...
Series: FAO Plant Production and Protection PapersThis publication presents the proceedings of the Regional Technical Meeting on Seed Policy and Programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean, which was held in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico from 20 to 24 March 2000. In line with the Global Plan of Action for Plant Genetic Resources adopted in Leipzig, the Rome Declaration on World Food Security and the World Food Summit Plan of Action, the Mee
Series: FAO Agricultural Services BulletinsThe adoption of Conservation Agriculture (CA) goes counter to the notion in force for thousands of years that soil must be cultivated before sowing or planting. Teaching the concept of CA, and examining methods and experiences of introducing it into farming practice, are essential for achieving the necessary changes in attitude and behaviour among present and future agricultural researchers, te
Plant genetic resources are crucial for world agriculture, food security and the global economy. They are vital for the pharmaceutical industry and are important assests for developing countries rich in biodiversity. The patents and intellectual property rights (IPRs) associated with the development of new products are critical to trade in these resources. The relevant international agreements are discussed : the Convention on Biological ...
Series: FAO Plant Production and Protection PapersThis publication presents the proceedings a meeting organized and implemented by the Asia & Pacific Seed Association and the Department of Agricultural Extension of the Ministry of Agriculture in Bangkok, Thailand in close collaboration with the Seed and Plant Genetic Resources Service of the FAO. In line with the Rome Declaration on World Food Security and the World Food Summit Plan of
Study visit report, Zimbabwe, 1999The report outlines the study visit objectives and planning, and analyses Zimbabwe's seed production system, with particular reference to the informal sector. It summarises the site visits and analyses seed production systems elsewhere in Southern and Eastern Africa.
Study visit summary report, Zimbabwe, 1999The study visit was organised to expose the participants (selected from national seed programmes in eight Eastern and Southern African countries) to efforts being made in Zimbabwe to help smallholder farmers improve their seed production and utilisation practices.
Series: FAO Plant Production and Protection Papers Planned conservation and utilization of local crop genetic resources is of prime importance for food security, as it permits small-scale farmers of developing countries to have permanent access to seed and planting material adapted to their region. Conservation of and access to these resources are most important in disaster-prone areas, as farmers in these regions often lose all of thei