08.03.2012

The project’s documentary film was broadcasted in five provinces by local television channels. Its travelling exhibition, which was shown 18 times within China and once in Germany, always attracted many viewers. Various project publications aiming at different audiences – farmers, trainers, students, scientists, government decision makers and others involved in agrobiodiversity conservation – also raised awareness and made agrobiodiversity knowledge more readily available and easily accessible. Project results were incorporated into government policies and plans, the establishment of new institutions was facilitated and agrobiodiversity courses were introduced at universities.

Economic returns have  to be visible

Out of the many experiences gained through project implementation, six “best practices” were identified as valuable and worth sharing with others: (1) awareness raising for sustainable agrobiodiversity management, (2) integrated surveys on agrobiodiversity, (3) in situ conservation, (4) farmer field schools, (5) adding value to ‘agrobiodiversity products’ and (6) mainstreaming agrobiodiversity. The best practices publication (see end of article) outlines these six practices and provides recommendations for future actions to be taken by decision makers, development agencies and practitioners, farmers and other stakeholders in China as well as on a global level.

Why agrobiodiversity is important – the case of Ireland
During the 1840’s, the majority of the people in Ireland had lived mainly on subsistence farming.