Monthly Archives: June 2009

Microcredit: The power and the pitfalls.

Credit and debt “I attended a training on how to run the group and how to save by making timely contributions and returning loans correctly. As a result we initiated a savings scheme and started keeping records. We have now saved 2255 Rs.” Bedi is the president of a Self Help group in Bara Kalajhore […]

Sowing Autonomy: Gender and Seed Politics in semi-arid India

“Over the last five decades, seeds have slipped out of farmers’ control by gradually becoming the prerogative of breeders, genetic engineers, commercial seed growers, registered seed dealers and bureaucrats in charge of seed market regulations. Commercial seeds are developed against a background of technological control, economic efficiency and rational management. The commercialisation and adoption of […]

Sustainable farming shrinks carbon footprint

I came across this interesting post by Laetitia Mailhes on ‘Earth from Above’: “Regenerative farming can provide us with a lot more than the delicious and healthy food that more of us are increasingly coming to love and value. Sustainable farming practices shrink the carbon footprint of agriculture AND help reduce the amount of carbon […]

“The time has come to regenerate ecosystems”

Mount Kenya Declaration on the Global Crisis and Africa’s Responsibility – Statement from the African Biodiversity Network “The time has come for national governments to prioritise the regeneration of ecosystems, self-reliant communities and diversified local economies over export oriented policies, free trade agreements and the current wave of expansion of the food system.” From 23 […]

World Environment Day

The focus for World Environment Day this year is mitigation of climate change, with the slogan ‘Your Planet Needs You.’ I would like to add to this that ‘We Need Our Planet.’ Whilst it is clearly important that we do all we can to mitigate climate change, I think we also need to think clearly […]

Tenure in REDD: Start-point or afterthought?

As new mechanisms for ‘reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation’ (REDD) are being negotiated in international climate change talks, resource tenure must be given greater attention. Tenure over land and trees – the systems of rights, rules, institutions and processes regulating their access and use – will affect the extent to which REDD and […]

International Seed Treaty

This Statement was made at the Third session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture on behalf of the Global Community-based Biodiversity Conservation and Development (CBDC) Network, of which our in-country office FAIR Malawi is a member. Agenda Item 13: Implementation of Article 6, Sustainable use […]

Bonn Climate Change talks

Today the second round of climate talks in Bonn begins. In the last round an Alliance 43 Small Island Developing States and the Least Developed Countries emphasized the need to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations below 350 parts per million (ppm) and limiting temperature increases to below 1.5ºC. They also expressed concern about attempts to treat […]