Participatory research and on-farm management of agricultural biodiversity in EuropeBy Michel Pimpert, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), May 2011.Drawing on experience in Europe and the wider literature, this paper, by Michel Pimpert at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), offers some critical reflections on how–and under what conditions–the EU might support the development of innovative participatory approaches for the management of agricultural biodiversity in Europe. Recommendations are offered on how to address three challenges in particular: 1) Transforming knowledge and ways of knowing for the local adaptive management of agricultural biodiversity and resilience in the face of climate change and uncertainty; 2) Scaling up and institutionalising participatory research and innovation in plant breeding, varietal selection, and agroecological research; and 3) Policy reversals for the participatory management of agricultural biodiversity.Do not hesitate to discuss this new publications on our blog page about PARD.
The e-learning tool 'Planning for Community Based Adaptation’ (CBA) to Climate Change' supports training on community-based climate change adaptation in agriculture. The tool links research-based knowledge on climate change impacts with examples and experiences on CBA drawn from FAO field projects and a range of country-specific case studies. The intended outcome of the tool is to assist all actors, who face the challenge of initiating and facilitating adaptation processes at community level.(FAO, 2013)