Although no longer supported by Bioversity International or The Christensen Fund I am grateful to both organizations for helping to give Vavilov a voice in the internet age.
When I first heard that Gary Nabhan was going to retrace some of N.I. Vavilov’s voyages of discovery, I wondered, “is he going to blog it?”. A moment later I knew that if Vavilov were alive today, he’d be popping into the nearest internet café at every opportunity to share his discoveries with the world. Some time later, the idea of creating a voice for Vavilov was born. Thanks to the support of the Christensen Foundation and the generosity of colleagues and friends, here it is.
The vaviblog is a work in progress. We hope that it will spark conversations, not only about the agricultural diversity that was so close to Vavilov’s heart, but also about the wider nexus that surrounds their use and conservation.
Agricultural biodiversity is all that stands between the world and starvation. I hope that by giving a voice to Vavilov this web site will help people to understand why that is so and to take steps to safeguard our past … because it is our future.
Jeremy Cherfas, 1 October 2008