Local solutions to address global challenges facing farmers and indigenous peoples


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Presentation by PAul Bordoni (Bioversity International) at the IAALD 2010 World Congress - 26-29 April 2010, Montpellier, France

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  • The nature of the work makes this happen. – i.e. Linking formal and informal science
  • Local solutions to address global challenges facing farmers and indigenous peoples

    1. 1. Local solutions to address global challenges facing farmers and indigenous peoples Paul Bordoni IAALD XIIIth World Congress, Montpellier, 26-29 April 2010 www.agrobiodiversityplatform.org/climate_change
    2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Introducing PAR </li></ul><ul><li>The web site </li></ul><ul><li>The information collected </li></ul><ul><li>Audiences </li></ul><ul><li>What have we done with this information </li></ul><ul><li>What can we do with this info </li></ul><ul><li>An important lesson </li></ul><ul><li>Addressing communication issues </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>Overall goal </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance the sustainable management and use of agrobiodiversity </li></ul><ul><li>Promote research on the sustainable use and management of agrobiodiversity. </li></ul><ul><li>Objectives: </li></ul><ul><li>Support the development of an adequate ABD knowledge base </li></ul><ul><li>Identify how agrobiodiversity can contribute to addressing some of the major global challenges faced today </li></ul><ul><li>Identify and facilitate relevant new and innovative research partnerships that strengthen multidisciplinary and participatory agrobiodiversity research, </li></ul>
    4. 4. The web site <ul><li>Web 2.0 and its networking opportunities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The segments - Mama and children – common tagging and categories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to use (WP-MU) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Building a community of practice </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A working environment (web space and its communication tools) linked to the “PAR universe” </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to join and connect to a relevant group of stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced connectivity, visibility </li></ul>
    5. 6. The information collected <ul><li>Online bibliographic db – social bookmarking </li></ul><ul><li>Mapping </li></ul>
    6. 7. Charting Adaptation The responses from indigenous and rural communities to change and how diversity is supporting adaptation are being charted and represented on an interactive map
    7. 8. Audiences <ul><li>Researchers </li></ul><ul><li>Development / extension workers s.a. CSO’s (OXFAM, Practical Action, IIED, ...) </li></ul><ul><li>IP orgs (Tebtebba, IKAP, …) </li></ul><ul><li>Policy makers –conclusions are put into the policy arena </li></ul>
    8. 9. What have we done with this info <ul><li>Analysis (cross cutting issues) </li></ul><ul><li>Research recommendations </li></ul>What can we do with this info <ul><li>Advocate and recommend research to be undertaken </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulate further thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Promote creation of new partnerships </li></ul>
    9. 10. An important lesson <ul><li>Chiang Mai workshop – a landmark </li></ul><ul><li>We engaged with a multidisciplinary team in an informal and collective peer review process </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitation, Credit, visibility, belonging </li></ul><ul><li>Consistence, reliability and responsiveness </li></ul>
    10. 11. Addressing communication issues <ul><li>Challenges encountered </li></ul><ul><li>How were the challenges addressed </li></ul><ul><li>Lessons learnt </li></ul><ul><li>What still remains to be resolved? </li></ul><ul><li>How do/can local and regional initiatives link to global initiatives and vice versa in our case? </li></ul>
    11. 12. Challenges encountered <ul><li>1.1 Capturing all the information is impossible… </li></ul><ul><li>1.2 Defining metadata an appropriate number of keywords – comprehensive of the ABD universe (many) but at the same time manageable (not too many) </li></ul><ul><li>1.3 Dealing with a complex and multidisciplinary environment - ABD </li></ul>
    12. 13. How were the challenges addressed <ul><li>2.1 Generating a community of practice and encouraging sharing / collective action </li></ul><ul><li>2.2 Using a flexible system that allows easy management of the information (re-classification, re-clustering, …) </li></ul><ul><li>A compromise is inevitable (is this one of the librarian’s issues? : ) </li></ul><ul><li>2.3 Analytical: developing a framework that could be used to analyze a diverse set of information </li></ul>
    13. 14. A framework for analysis
    14. 15. Lessons learnt <ul><li>3.1 Lessons - managing info and fostering communities is </li></ul><ul><li>a full time job </li></ul><ul><li>3.2 Success criteria – indicators are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The feedback we receive from our readers; Increased popularity and recognition for the PAR (messages of appreciation); </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New members joining the working environment and voluntarily contributing to the work (FROM “we encourage and prompt participation” TO “we are approached by third parties who wish to participate”) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web stats; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web sites linking to ours; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Citation of our work in reference lists; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Invitations for affiliation from related working environments </li></ul></ul>
    15. 16. Some recommendations <ul><li>Adaptability and resilience is enhanced through a strategy of diversifying the agricultural landscape, the species in the agricultural system and the variations within the species. </li></ul><ul><li>Ecosystem protection and restoration, landscape rehabilitation and reforestation decrease vulnerability to the effects of climate change. </li></ul><ul><li>Women’s initiatives to protect and reintroduce traditional crops and varieties have resulted in the establishment of community seed banks. </li></ul><ul><li>Revival of traditional water harvesting and pasture management systems. </li></ul><ul><li>The continuous process of experimentation and innovation based on traditional knowledge has led to a number of new practices. </li></ul><ul><li>... </li></ul><ul><li>... </li></ul>
    16. 17. What remains to be resolved? <ul><li>Complete integration of all the information – one stop shop </li></ul><ul><li>Engage with other disciplines and create/connect other segments </li></ul><ul><li>Increase visibility and recognition </li></ul><ul><li>Get you all on board </li></ul>
    17. 18. Linking regional initiatives to global ones and vice versa <ul><li>5.1 Local and regional initiatives link to global initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Providing a work space and featuring work and needs of the community we are looking after (ABD custodians, users managers), creates visibility, connectivity and opportunities for collaboration. </li></ul><ul><li>Many different entry points provide a great number of options - diversity is good </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraging generation of new partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>5.2 Global initiatives link to local and regional </li></ul><ul><li>The main outcomes from analysis on a global (legit: landscape ecology) dimension are relevant to extension workers and the local communities </li></ul>
    18. 19. Thank you for your attention www.agrobiodiversityplatform.org/climate_change