This issue of LEISA India is about biodiversity: a nation’s heritage, an opportunity and a solution to deal with threatened livelihoods and ecologies. Biodiversity is a reliable adaptive strategy as well as a mitigating strategy. Family farmers are custodians of biodiversity and articles in this issue highlight how farming and biodiversity go hand in hand.
Read about the many advantages of biodiversity based farming, especially for farmers living in poverty. For example, in Maharashtra, farmers who practise biodiverse-farming experience greater resilience during dry years. Read about how farmers and communities are regaining access and control over their biological resources. For example, farmers in Nepal are conserving their local crops and varieties using Community Seed Banks.
Gine Zwart, Sarah Doornbos and Willy Douma
P V Satheesh
Pitambar Shrestha and Sajal Sthapit
M Karthikeyan and C S P Patil
Sanjay M Patil
Eshwer Kale and Marcella D’souza
Maryam Rahmanian, Maede Salimi,
Khadija Razavi, Dr Reza Haghparast and
Dr Salvatore Ceccarelli
Sreedevi Lakshmi Kutty