Climate change
For thousands of years, farmers have used genetic diversity to cope with weather variability and changing climate conditions. They have stored, planted, selected and improved seeds to continue producing food in a dynamic environment. Community seed banks are mostly informal collections of seeds maintained by local communities and managed with their traditional knowledge, whose...
Written by: Elena L. Pasquini
Migrations
Would you take your child and put him in a boat that has a slight chance of sinking? You would never do it. Unless you had no choice. ‘There are people who migrate out of complete destitution, not because they want to, but because they have to.’ Arif Husain, chief economist at the World...
Written by: Elena L. Pasquini
Food and Agriculture
Cassava comes from South America, but it is feeding Africa. It is a major caloric source for 500 million people. The potato is native of the Andean regions but it has long been key in the diet of many European countries. Genetic resources for food and agriculture - seeds, roots, bulbs, and all propagating materials from which...
Written by: Elena L. Pasquini
Migrations
Abdulwahab Tahhan is a journalist and a refugee. From his exile in London, he documents the war that is devastating his homeland of Syria, monitoring airstrikes and assessing civilian casualties for the non-profit Airwars. As for many journalists and netizens forced to leave their countries due to war, oppression, and persecution, continuing journalistic work...
Written by: Elena L. Pasquini
Food and Agriculture
Our lives depend on genetic resources for food and agriculture, the raw materials used by farmers, local communities, breeders, researchers and biotech industry for producing food and improving crop and animal varieties. They are the very basis of human sustenance. The food we eat, our health, and the health of the planet, stability, and peace depend on how...
Written by: Degrees of Latitude
Freedom
When the freedom of the press is under threat, the right to information of hundreds of millions of people is under threat. In 2016, 78 journalists, netizens and media assistants were killed, and 369 are imprisoned at this time, according to Reporters Without Borders. In the day the United Nations celebrate Press Freedom,...
Written by: Degrees of Latitude