25 July 2008: At the first global scientific conference of the Global Cassava Partnership, held from 21-24 July, 2008 in Ghent, Belgium, scientists and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) called for a significant increase in investment in research and development needed to boost farmers' yields and explore promising industrial uses of cassava, including biofuels production.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”