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DISCUSSION No. 149   •   FSN Forum digest No. 1344

Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry for improved Food Security and better Nutrition

until 27 May 2018

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Dear Members,

We are happy to share with you the first contributions received for the new online consultation Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry for improved Food Security and better Nutrition.

We invite you to have a look at the insightful comments below and to join this exchange giving us your view on the role biodiversity plays in improving food security and nutrition. What needs to be done to involve farmers and institutions in adopting practices that take advantage of biodiversity while at the same time protecting it?

Your insights will help inform the Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on Biodiversity Mainstreaming across Agricultural Sectors, taking place in Rome on 29-31 May 2018.

Please read the full topic introduction on the FSN Forum's website. The information is also available in French and Spanish on the discussion webpage.

To take part, post your comment online on the FSN Forum or send it to FSN-moderator@fao.org.

We thank those who already contributed and look forward to an enriching exchange!

Your FSN Forum team


iconSamantha Farquhar, University of Washington, USA

Samantha looks at the marine aspect of biodiversity and shares examples from pearl farming in French Polynesia. Evidence suggests that the efforts put in place by the pearl farmers to protect the waters needed for their activities have also benefitted the local fish stock.

Furthermore, she introduces an example from Madagascar where the Locally Managed Marine Areas have been successfully set up through a system of active participation of the affected villages.

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iconChinasa Ikelu, Institute de Mathematique et des Sciences Physiques, Benin

Chinasa shares examples of biodiversity-related projects in Nigeria, such as the World Bank-assisted Project of Transforming Irrigation Management. He also highlights the importance of good governance and of improving capacities of local farmers to fully reap the benefits of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

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iconFAO Publications

FAO's Publications Unit provides a list of papers, reports and other resources with further information on the role that biodiversity plays for food security, nutrition, and poverty reduction.

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iconJorge Granados, FAO, Colombia

Jorge informs us about research carried out in the Colombian Andes which preliminary concluded that organic farming and ecological agricultural production systems form a technical, social and environmental base that contributes positively to the enrichment, conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity.

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iconP.C. Abhilash, Institute of Environment & Sustainable Development, Banaras Hindu University, India

P.C. states that the exploration and sustainable utilization of agrobiodiversity is essential for dietary diversification. Especially, the utilization of neglected and underutilized crops is a promising approach for fulfilling the food and nutritional requirements of resource-poor people in the developing world. 

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iconThatchinamoorthy C, Annamalai University, India

Thatchinamoorthy stresses the importance of biodiversity for agriculture, development and poverty reduction. He states that it has always formed the basis for human food production systems and has provided cultural, spiritual, religious, and aesthetic value for human societies.

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iconJohn Ede, Ohaha Family Foundation, Nigeria

John argues that many rural farmers in Nigeria are not aware of biological diversity and of relevant agricultural practices, which are almost exclusively tied to traditional knowledge. He therefore sees the need to engage these farmers in training and awareness raising activities.

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iconKuruppacharil V.Peter, Kerala Agricultural University, India

Kuruppacharil shares some information on India's long history of biodiveristy conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.

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