Seminar on “Community Management of Agro-biodiversity for Food and Agriculture in India”
In India, every year huge crop loss is reported in almost all major crops due mainly to the vulnerability of modern varieties of pests and diseases, and now also due to climate change impacts. On the farm, conservation of agricultural biodiversity is an effective form of adaptation for local communities to cope with such threats. The variability in genetic diversity, developed and safeguarded “on farm” by local communities (including farmers, livestock breeders, forest workers, fishermen and indigenous people) is extremely important in providing food security and genetic enhancement efforts in modern agriculture. Unless efforts are taken to incorporate community-conserved agricultural landscapes into the national strategy and action plan, it will be very difficult for India to achieve the Aichi Target 13 —conservation of up to 70 percent genetic diversity of crops and other major socio-economically valuable plant species in situ.
This seminar will focus on some practical methods and strategies for arresting the on-farm genetic erosion and for strengthening community conservation efforts.
This event is open and free to the public. For more information or to register, please see the event page on the UNU-IAS website.
Dr. N. Anil Kumar is Director of the Biodiversity Programme of the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation and Scientist-in-charge of MSSRF’s Community Agro-biodiversity Centre in Wayanad, Kerala, India. He holds a PhD in Systematic Botany with specialization in Angiosperm Taxonomy. His expertise is largely in the area of sustainable management of genetic resources and local community development.