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Guest Article #123: The Challenge of Africa's Transformation: Issues of Food Security and Climate Change[viewed]

Two years ago, to mark the 10-year anniversary of the adoption of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), a very important milestone for agriculture and food security on the continent, the African Union (AU) declared 2014 the year of agriculture. Today, African economies continue to grow at an average rate of 5.3%. Despite this growth, the current wealth generated has not spread to the poor majority whose livelihoods depend mainly on climate-sensitive sectors such as agriculture and fishing.

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Last Update of 2014[viewed]

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FAO: Improved Crop Varieties, Eco-Friendly Farming Must Happen in Tandem[viewed]

More than 50 crop production specialists attended a meeting organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in Rome, Italy, which concluded that cereal-based farming systems must be part of the transition to sustainable agriculture in order to meet the increased demand for maize, rice and wheat. FAO estimates that over the next 35 years, farmers will: have to increase annual production of these crops on more degraded farmland, and with less water, fossil fuel and agrochemicals; and face increased droughts, pest and disease threats, and extreme weather events brought on by climate change.

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UNEP, WMO Assessment: Fast-Track ODS Elimination to Accelerate Ozone Recovery[viewed]

A report by nearly 300 scientists from 36 countries has concluded that ozone layer recovery will occur more rapidly if eliminating the production of the ozone-depleting substance (ODS) hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), and managing other remaining ODSs, are fast-tracked. ‘Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2014' finds that phasing out the small remaining uses of ODSs, which are currently exempted from phase-outs, would hasten ozone recovery by about 11 years.

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UK Recommends Full Support for 17 SDGs, Noting “Historic and Powerful” International Consensus[viewed]

The United Kingdom (UK) House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) published a report of its review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), outlining recommended actions and urging full support for the 17 SDGs listed in the report of the Open Working Group (OWG) in view of the “historic and powerful” international consensus around the goals.

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Rio Conventions Explore Common Indicators for Land-based Adaptation[viewed]

On the margins of the Lima Climate Change Conference, an event hosted by China and attended by ministers from seven countries, discussed how the three Rio Conventions can work in a synergistic way to enhance the resilience of communities affected by desertification and climate change.

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OECD, EIB, CPI Discuss Improving Climate Finance Tracking in 2015[viewed]

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), European Investment Bank (EIB) and Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) jointly organized an informal meeting on climate finance tracking on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference. The meeting reflected on the lessons from collaboration over the course of 2014, the challenges identified and important topics for discussion among practitioners in 2015.

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OECD Examines Climate Finance Tracking[viewed]

The Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) hosted a side event during the Lima Climate Change Conference on 'Tracking Public and Private Climate Finance: Towards Improved Data and Increased Transparency.' The event considered the implications of recent achievements in data and tracking for the UNFCCC and how these methodological developments might contribute to a 2015 climate agreement.

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REN21 Publishes 2014 Annual Report[viewed]

The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) has published its 2014 Annual Report, which describes highlights from the year and notes that a decade has passed since the meeting of the first international conference dedicated exclusively to renewable energy, whose steering committee evolved into REN21.

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Event: Adaptation Futures 2016: Practices and Solutions[viewed]

This conference is expected to lead to major progress in climate change adaptation, and fosters an exchange of innovative and practical ideas, experiences and insights among governments, businesses, researchers and civil society from around the world.

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