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FAO Provides Data on Crop Prospects, the Food Situation and Countries in Crisis Needing External Assistance [viewed]

Crop Prospects and Food Situation July 2008: Through its Global Information and Early Warning System on Food and Agriculture (GIEWS), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) provides regularly updated information on

the current situation of global agriculture and food security.

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FAO's Harmonized World Soil Database to Facilitate Assessments of Soil's Carbon Storage and Sequestration Capacities [viewed]

New database for soil information

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July 2008: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has announced the

development of a new database on the world's soils. This database seeks to

improve knowledge of current and future land productivity, as well as the

carbon storage and carbon sequestration potential of the world's soils. Using

the database, the FAO has also produced a global Carbon Gap Map, which allows

for the identification of areas where soil carbon storage is greatest and the

physical potential for billions of tons of additional carbon to be sequestrated

in degraded soils.

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ECOSOC Highlights Interlinkages between Food and Energy Crises [viewed]

Current Global Food Crisis Will Require Increasing Amounts of Humanitarian Assistance for Some Time to Come, Economic and Social Council Told 17 July 2008: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) concluded

its three-day Humanitarian Affairs Segment by convening a panel discussion on “Humanitarian

challenges related to global food aid, including enhancing international

efforts and cooperation in this field,” chaired by

Council Vice-President Park In-kook (Republic of Korea) and moderated by John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.

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FAO: Next Global Forest Resources Assessment to Include Global Remote Sensing Survey of Forests [viewed]

Spotlight on forest monitoring. Photo credit, UN

16 July 2008: The

Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has announced that the 2010

Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA 2010) will include a remote sensing

survey, which will document trends in the rate of deforestation, afforestation

and natural forest expansion over the last three decades; provide easy access

to remote sensing imagery; create a methodology and framework for monitoring of

forest change; and enhance countries' capacities to monitor, assess and report

on changes in forest cover.

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WMO International Fire Warning Workshop Convenes in Edmonton, Canada [viewed]

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July 2008: An International Workshop on Advances in Operational Weather Systems

for Fire Danger Rating, organized jointly by World Meteorological Organization

(WMO), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's Panel for Global Observation

of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD), and Natural Resources Canada's

Canadian Forest Service, in collaboration with a number of other co-sponsors, is

being held from 14-16 July 2008, in Edmonton, Canada.

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Regional Symposium on Climate Change, Food Security, Sea Level Rise and Environment in South Asia to Convene in Dhaka, Bangladesh [viewed]

International Symposium on Climate Change<br /> and Food Security in South Asia

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July 2008: The Ohio State University, the World Meteorological Organization

(WMO), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Regional Office for

Asia and the Pacific, and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and

Pacific (ESCAP), in collaboration with a number of agencies, are organizing the

Regional Symposium on Climate Change, Food Security, Sea Level Rise and

Environment in South Asia in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 25-29 August 2008.

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UNGA Considers Food and Energy Crises [viewed]

Letter from UNGA President Srgjan Kerim/A view of the General Assembly Hall

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2008: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will consider the global food and energy

crises, with a particular eye to concern about macroeconomic and political

stability in numerous countries, in a plenary meeting on 18 July 2008.

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FAO Scientific Symposium: Climate Change Will Have Strong Impact on Fisheries [viewed]

Fishing communities in the developing world are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Photo credit: FAO 10 July 2008: The International Symposium on Coping with Global Change in

Marine Social-Ecological Systems took place from 8-11 July 2008, in Rome, Italy. The Symposium,

organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Global

Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics and the European Network of Excellence for Oceans Ecosystem

Analysis, brought together over 200 experts and policymakers from around

the globe to share experiences

and identify key next steps to promote resilience of marine social-ecological systems.

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UN Agencies Call on G8 to Increase Investment in Agriculture to Address the Global Food Crisis [viewed]

UN urges G-8 to boost investment in agriculture to reduce global hunger

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July 2008: In a joint statement, the heads of the Food and Agriculture

Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural

Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) urged G8 leaders to

“strike a decisive blow in the fight against hunger and poverty” by reversing

the decline in agricultural investment, which has been one of the underlying

causes of the current world food crisis.”

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FAO World Food Day to Focus on Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy [viewed]

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July 2008: The theme of this year's World Food Day (WFD), to be held 16 October

2008 in Québec City, Canada, will be “World Food Security: the Challenges of

Climate Change and Bioenergy.” “Rarely has WFD assumed greater meaning than at

the present time, as rapidly rising food prices risk increasing the number of

hungry people,” said Sidaty Aidara, Chief of WFD events at the Food and

Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

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