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DISCUSSION No. 149   •   FSN Forum digest No. 1347

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

until 27 May 2018

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Dear Members,

Happy International Day for Biological Diversity!

To mark this day, we share with you the latest comments received for the online consultation Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry for improved Food Security and better Nutrition.

As always, you can find the summaries of the contributions below. The full versions together with all background information and the questions can be found on the FSN Forum's website, which is also available in French and Spanish.

We thank all contributors for their valuable input and encourage you to take advantage of the remaining days to tell us about your experience in mainstreaming biodiversity.

Please send us examples of cases where biodiversity is contributing to achieving food security and improved nutrition, and where sustainable production systems have helped preserve biodiversity. We would also like to hear your views on the enabling environments that prompt farmers and institutions to adopt practices that take advantage of biodiversity while at the same time protecting it.

We remind you that your insights will help FAO gather information for the upcoming Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on Biodiversity Mainstreaming across Agricultural Sectors.

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

We look forward to keep receiving your comments!

Your FSN Forum team


iconMaria J.I. Briones, Universidad de Vigo, Spain

Maria focuses on the role earthworms play in improving the structure and fertility of soil and on the risks that conventional ploughing poses to their populations.

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iconKanna Siripurapu, Watershed Support Services and Activity Network, India

Kanna shares ideas on how to create a community-managed and decentralized seed system that can help build climate-resilient agriculture in rainfed areas.

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iconSiosiua Halavatau, Pacific Community (SPC), Fiji

Siosiua states that Pacific Islands are not only vulnerable to climate variability but also face soil and water availability issues, which must be taken into consideration as prerequisite when aiming to promote biodiversity. However, he also argues that for any progress to be made, lifestyle changes to counter the incidence of non-communicable diseases, which are prevalent in the region, need to be promoted.

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iconDineshkumar Singh, Tata Consultancy Services, India

Dineshkumar tells us about mangroves conservation through mud crab farming in Maharashtra, India. Instead of digging artificial ponds for growing crabs, fisherfolk create pens in existing waters, leaving the tidal water flowing to the mangroves undisturbed. They source the crablets from a hatchery and not from the wild, ensuring optimal growth of crabs in a healthy mangrove ecosystem.

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iconPenelope Greenslade, Federation University, Australia

Penelope mentions broad acre arable agriculture, practiced in south eastern Australia, as being an example of a production system that contributes to the degradation of existing biodiversity.

To benefit biodiversity, she suggests including broad strips of native plantings around cropping and pasture fields.

Regarding the needed enabling factors, she sees research and awareness raising campaigns as having a crucial importance for the adoption of sustainable production systems.

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iconSalomeyesudas Buduru, India

Salomeyesudas shares some case studies on traditional food systems in India, arguing that nutrition should become the priority in agricultural production.

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iconAdam Brent, Cocoa Corporation, United States of America

Adam informs us about a project aiming to improve water quality, rebuild soil health and increase crop resiliance, while benefiting farm economics and creating new business opportunities throughout the Great Lakes region. The project will reward farmers who implement land management practices that improve soil and water quality by applying adaptive drain fee assessment models.

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iconGabriel Luna, cam-plants.com, Mexico

Gabriel suggests Crassulacean Acid Metabolism plats (CAM-plants) as having the potential to resist climate change. He therefore calls for efforts to educate local farmers in Mexico to incorporate indigenous species of CAM-plants and to use them as sustainable fodder and for human consumption in times of drought.

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