Separated by half a world but united by their passion for agricultural biodiversity and the internet, Luigi Guarino and Jeremy Cherfas decided to create a space that would allow them to indulge their passions and maybe do some good.

This blog is it.

Our aim is to collect in one place anything we find on the internet that relates somehow to the notion of agricultural biodiversity (or agrobiodiversity, though we don’t particularly like the word), a big tent but one that the whole of humanity shelters beneath. If that helps others to find things of interest, so much the better.

We welcome contributions, either as comments to the items on the website, or as a message you can send from here. You don’t even need to register (though it would be nice if you did). So what are you waiting for?

About us, there’s not much more that needs to be said. We’re both professionally involved in biodiversity (and it isn’t hard to find out how) but this site is an entirely private affair for which we alone are responsible.

We may even be available for work, if there’s something you need doing.

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Rahul Goswami May 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm

This I think you will like (text from the website):
Nature and culture are deeply linked. Together they are central to the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of millions of marginalised people around the world, and will be critical to how they respond to climate change and other environmental challenges.
Policies and laws on traditional knowledge and access to genetic resources tend to protect only the intellectual part of TK systems. For indigenous peoples, though, knowledge cannot be separated from the biological resources, landscapes, cultural values and customary laws that ensure its inter-generational transmission.
It is these biocultural systems as a whole that have enabled indigenous peoples to develop and conserve thousands of traditional crop varieties, livestock breeds and medicines over millennia.
This new website draws on research by IIED, research partners and indigenous communities in Peru, Panama, Kenya, India and China to provide:
* Understanding of the nature and importance of biocultural systems, and the threats they face.
* Practical tools and strategies for protecting biocultural systems: community biocultural protocols, registers, products and agreements.
* Emerging biocultural policy and legal frameworks.


egonu john January 17, 2013 at 8:25 pm

I would like to commend catherine for good work she is doing in regard to the research she is doing on cassava brown disease which has attacked cassava.This is astepal food for most of the people in Africa south of Sahara


Jolma January 16, 2015 at 5:07 am

Following your passions and doing some good is admirable.

Rahul’s comments like “Nature and culture are deeply linked” and “… biocultural systems … enabled indigenous peoples to develop and conserve thousands of traditional crop varieties, livestock breeds …” remind me of my homeland, the Tibetan plateau, growing barley for thousands of years, and surviving animals like yaks on the highlands.

A couple of article I read recently:



Cary March 25, 2015 at 5:57 pm

Huge Congratulations to Jeremy for the James Beard Foundation Award for his podcast! You’re cookin’ on all burners. Well done.


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