Producing enough food for a rapidly growing population, and taking care of our planet are two of the world's biggest challenges.
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This website on ethnoveterinary medicine deals with people’s knowledge, skills, methods, practices and beliefs with regard to the care of their animals. The website features news of conferences and events, new projects, publications, links and online journals.
This website from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) provides an overview of agricultural biotechnologies across different sectors in the developing world, and the FAO's activities in this area. It includes the FAO's biotechnology forum, which hosts email conferences on topics such as strengthening partnerships in agricultural biotechnologies to benefit smallholders in developing countries. The website also links to reports, online books, research studies, press releases and national biotechnology policy documents. A multilingual biotechnology glossary, as well as news and events, are also provided.
This web portal publishes news and information on the Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) activities in climate change. It links to key FAO publications on agriculture, livestock, forestry and fisheries as well as cross-sector topics such as bioenergy, biodiversity and climate risk management. The gateway gives information on FAO's work in these areas and provides links to relevant factsheets, events and multimedia including videos and audio lectures.
This website, by the Food and Agriculture Organization, provides a comprehensive database of statistics on food, agriculture and hunger in 200 countries.
The data includes information about individual countries' crop and livestock production, trade, food supply, stocks, forestry and fisheries.
This website publishes information about climate change mitigation through forest carbon sequestration and storage across Asia. It provides news and views from the media, a library of publications, directories of forest carbon stakeholders, announcements about vacancies and events, links to useful resources and reviews of science and policy developments in the field. The publications section includes in-house articles and research reports that review developments, identify gaps and draw lessons from forest carbon activities in the region. Readers can comment, engage in discussion and contribute information to the website.
This website, created by the Center for International Forestry Research, publishes a wealth of information on the links between climate change and forests in topics ranging from adaptation to mitigation to carbon accounting to the role of biofuels. It includes case studies as well as visual and audio presentations.
The website publishes forest-related information as part of a collaborative effort that also promotes knowledge sharing by developing information exchange standards, building capacity and enhancing partnerships. It aims to make the information accessible to governments, researchers, forest managers, non-governmental organisations, community groups and the public. The website includes links to publications, relevant events, job vacancies as a blog, and other relevant information. It also provides access to a searchable database of organisations working on forest issues worldwide.
The GBIF is an intergovernmental organisation committed to making information on the world’s biodiversity freely available on the Internet. It hosts an online data portal providing free access to scientific records on plants, animals and microbes, including 12 million records on biological specimens. The data are provided by natural history museums, botanic gardens and herbaria as well as conservation organisations.
This website publishes video news coverage of under-reported global health stories, focusing on HIV/AIDS; polio; tuberculosis; malaria; neglected tropical diseases; maternal and child health; and food security. Each topic includes an overview of the subject, a photo gallery, and the latest news and videos highlighting current issues. The website includes a blog, a 'newsroom' page that highlights developments within the organisation, details of current and future film projects, and links to related organisations.
This online resource offers access to interactive maps of the world’s marine resources through a combination of satellite imagery, maps and information. The tools allow users to explore oceans underwater, locate areas with habitats that are critical to the ocean’s health, and learn about issues such as biodiversity and climate change. The programme contains ocean floor and underwater life data, provided through partnerships with broadcasting companies, research groups, international bodies and foundations.
The Guardian Environment website publishes news and commentary on environmental issues such as climate change, energy, ethical living, food and recycling.
It also provides blogs, job listings and multimedia, including audio and video podcasts. Users can comment and are encouraged to join discussions.
The website also aggregates relevant news from members of the Guardian Environment Network, which brings together the world's best environment websites including SciDev.Net, China Dialogue, Real Science and the World Resources Institute.
The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) is a university-wide centre providing expertise in public health, medicine, social science, management, and other disciplines to promote evidence-based approaches to humanitarian assistance.
HHI's aim is to advance the science and practice of humanitarian action worldwide so as to reduce the impacts of disasters.
Its Program on Crisis Mapping and Early Warning examines the use of information communications technologies in conflict and disaster settings. Research focuses on identifying patterns in humanitarian emergencies to improve warning and response. Specifically, HHI undertakes extensive examination of the use of crisis mapping, geospatial and crowd sourcing technologies to prepare, mitigate, and respond to emergencies.
The website showcases the initiative's work, as well as making a number of programme publications and working papers available.
HarvestPlus works towards reducing micronutrient malnutrition, or 'hidden hunger', by improving the level of micronutrients in staple food crops in Africa and Asia using bio-fortification. It focuses on iron, zinc, and vitamin A — recognised by the WHO as critical micronutrients — and on crops such as millet, wheat, rice and sweet potato.
The website details current activities through an online map and provides access to publications including abstracts, technical monographs, and working papers produced with 60 partner institutions.
A list of links to online resources including reports, articles, and blogs is also made available.
See below for a HarvestPlus video about their work:
This free-access information portal, managed by India's Centre for Science and Environment, publishes news, features, opinion articles and blogs about environmental issues that apply specifically to India. The website publishes collections of articles on a range of subjects from science and technology to climate change, biodiversity, food safety and mining. It makes available links to reports, slide-show presentations, data, and a directory of Indian organisations and institutes listed by sector.