Title of document: Landscapes for Agrobiodiversity. Agrobiodiversity perspectives in land-use decisions.

Authors: Team of researchers

Alberto Tarraza Rodríguez; Alejandro González Álvarez; Dunja Mijatovic; Epsha Palikhey; Ghanimat Azhdari; Helga Gruberg Cazón; Lal Kumara Wakkumbure; Maede Salimi; Natalia Estrada Carmona; Reuben Mendakor Shabong; Sajal Stapit; Sonthana Maneerattanachaiyong; Stanley Zira and Toby Hodgkin. Language editors: Loredana Maria and Kate Ferguson. Photo credits: Epsha Palikhey, Helga Gruberg Cazón, Maede Salimi and Dunja Mijatovic.

Ministry/Government Agency/Organisation: Platform for agrobiodiversity Research (PAR)

Year of publication: August 2016

Geographic focus: Worldwide

Summary: The importance of agrobiodiversity and its custodians has been ignored in both conservation and agricultural development, as reflected in the debate about whether land “sparing” or land “sharing” is better for biodiversity and meeting future food needs.1 This debate has largely ignored the ways in which decisions on land use, cultivation practices, and crop and animal production choices affect the amount and distribution of agrobiodiversity in any production system and hence, ecosystem services, agro-ecosystem health and livelihoods.

In this booklet, we present the results of an interdisciplinary research project in eight biocultural landscapes undertaken by the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research (PAR) in collaboration with local partners and communities from around the world. The aim of the project was to illustrate the importance of including agrobiodiversity in land-use decisions. The project brought together young researchers with different backgrounds, including sociologists, biologists and geographers, with expertise in various areas that were of relevance to this study such as participatory mapping, animal and crop diversity, agroecology and resilience. The tables presented over the following pages describe the eight landscapes in which the project team worked and summarise the findings.