Brainfood: Special citizen science edition

Something for the weekend. I hope you enjoy this special edition of Brainfood focusing on citizen science, Indigenous knowledge and participatory research. Do you like themed Brainfood editions like this? There will be another one on Monday, as it happens. They’re more tricky to produce, but if there’s significant interest I may make the extra effort. Let me know, and suggest topics.

Farmers’ Rights webinar coming up fast

I realize another webinar is probably the last thing you want to know about right now. I see you, I really do. But this is these are important, and it’s a great lineup.

“Farmers’ Rights in the International Legal Architecture for Food and Agriculture Article 9, the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) recognizes the enormous contribution that the local and indigenous communities and farmers of all regions of the world, particularly those in the centers of origin and crop diversity, have made and will continue to make to the conservation and development of plant genetic resources which constitute the basis of food and agriculture production throughout the world. This webinar will examine the links between Farmers’ Rights (as established in the ITPGRFA) and related international treaties alongside the right to food and gender perspectives on Farmers’ Rights.”

Date: 16 September 2020. Time: 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm (Rome).

Moderator: Ms Titilayo Adebola (School of Law, University of Aberdeen)


  • Ms Regine Andersen: Research Director for Biodiversity and Natural Resources, Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI), Norway
  • Mr Michael Fakhri: The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
  • Ms Susannah Chapman: Research Fellow, the University of Queensland
  • Ms Yolanda Huerta: Legal Counsel, International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants
  • Ms Isabel Lopez Noriega: Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture
  • Mr James Gathii: Wing Tat-Lee Chair of International Law and Professor of Law, Loyola University of Chicago.

Register here for the first one.

And here for the second one on the 17th.

Brainfood: CGIAR, Genebank data, AI & diseases, Mentha CWR, Tree crops, Carrot diversity, Rice sampling, Perennial rice, Rice de-domestication, Malagasy deforestation, Saving pollinators, Sheep domestication, FFS, Wine signatures

Nibbles: Taxonomic web, Oz restoration tools, ABS in India, Colombian seeds, Old date, Diverse cereals