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Dr. N. Anil Kumar
Director, Community Agro-biodiversity Centre, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation
—Member of the Steering Committee of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI)
Event language: English
In India, every year huge crop loss is reported in almost all the major crops mainly due to the vulnerability of the modern varieties of pests and diseases, and now also due to climate change impacts. In situ, or on farm, conservation of agricultural biodiversity is an effective form of adaptation for local communities to cope with such threats. The variability in genetic diversity, developed and safeguarded in situ/on farm by local communities including farmers, livestock breeders, forest workers, fishermen and indigenous people is extremely important in providing food security and genetic enhancement efforts in modern agriculture. Unless efforts are taken to incorporate community conserved agricultural landscapes into the national strategy and action plan, it would be very difficult for India to achieve the Aichi Target 13—conservation of up to 70 per cent genetic diversity of crops and other major socio-economically valuable plant species in situ. The talk will focus on some practical methods and strategies in arresting the on-farm genetic erosion and for strengthening community conservation efforts.
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Kazu Takemoto (Senior Fellow and Programme Director, UNU-IAS)
|11:10 - 11:50||
Community Management of Agro-biodiversity for Food and Agriculture in India
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Comments from Discussant
|12:00 - 12:30||Q&A|
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Opening Remarks and Introduction
N. Anil Kumar is Director of Biodiversity programme of M S Swaminathan Research Foundation and he is also the Scientist-in-charge of MSSRF’s Community Agro-biodiversity Centre (CAbC) in Wayanad, Kerala, India. He holds a PhD in Systematic Botany with specialization in Angiosperm Taxonomy. His expertise is largely in the area of sustainable management of genetic resources and local community development. He has played a significant role as a Training Specialist (1992-1995) and Field Botanist in mobilizing NGOs for biodiversity conservation and sustainable management of natural resources of the Western Ghats region. He has over 20 years of professional experience in conservation and sustainable genetic resource management, which has contributed effectively the development of MSSRF’s Biodiversity programme.
At CAbC, he is involved with capacity building of local institutions and the key individuals enabling them to undertake livelihood and poverty reduction initiatives by way of promoting sustainable management of community conserved landscapes and biodiversity.
He was the recipient of Watson International Scholarship on Environment in 2006 and Alcoa-IUCN Fellowship on conservation in 2008. He has published over 30 scientific papers and several popular publications, and he has participated in many national and international meetings that are connected with biodiversity and sustainable management of genetic resources.
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