P43
Community-led conservation of traditional crops and knowledge co-production in response to a changing climate: Case studies from South Asia

Convenors:
Tsvetilena Bandakova (University of Edinburgh)
Iliyana Angelova (University of Oxford)
Format:
Panels
Location:
British Museum - Sackler B
Start time:
28 May, 2016 at 16:30
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

The panel aims to explore case studies from South Asia addressing issues of mobilisation of alliances, agroecological responses to environmental crisis, global/local participation and collaborations, movements promoting sustainable food systems, anticipatory and reactive measures.

Long abstract:

Genetic diversity is key to farmers' livelihood strategies in areas under high ecological/economic stresses. Under pressures for yield-intensification in unpredictable climate, farmers in many parts of South Asia are turning to locally-adapted landraces and organic farming practices as one strategy to achieve food/seed sovereignty and reduce people's vulnerability to climate change impacts by providing significant co-benefits to the most vulnerable ones. Community leaders, academic/non-academic researchers and farming communities are becoming increasingly engaged with transformative paradigms of agroecology, sustainable farming and other approaches to shape local, regional and national climate change adaptation practices. These include, among others, creating (cross-generational) networks of indigenous knowledge transmission and technology transfer as a means for building up community resilience to changing weather patterns. This panel aims to obtain case studies from South Asia to address issues of mobilisation of alliances with regards to agroecological responses to environmental crisis and climate change, global/local participation and collaborations, civil society movements/counter-movements promoting sustainable food systems, community-based approaches to mitigating the impacts of climate change and achieving sustainable livelihoods etc. Potential contributors will investigate issues related to agricultural biodiversity, conservation and/or revival of traditional crop varieties in topics, such as climate and environment; agri-food systems; governance of local/common property resources and benefit-sharing; competition for resources in adverse conditions (decreasing rainfall, deforestation etc.) caused by climate change; collaborations between activists, youth groups, NGOs, academics and farmers' communities promoting food security and sustainable livelihoods; technology transfer and knowledge co-production etc.