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Event: 36th Session of IFAD's Governing Council [viewed]

The 36th Session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will focus on the theme "The power of partnerships in advancing smallholder agriculture in developing countries". Partnerships serve smallholder farmers in many ways from expanding their operations cost-effectively to providing access to knowledge, research and technology.  

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IFAD Announces e-Learning Course on Smallholder Agriculture, Environment and Climate Change [viewed]

30 January 2013: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has launched a series of training modules focused on smallholders, the environment and climate change developed for actors involved in project design, supervision and implementation.

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FAO Stresses Importance of Neglected Crops to Tackle Climate and Food Security Challenges [viewed]

FAO10 December 2012: Addressing a seminar on "Crops for the 21st Century," José Graziano da Silva, Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), described the importance of conserving crop diversity, noting that approximately 7,000 plant species have been consumed as food throughout human history, and that many of these species are disappearing.

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Agriculture, Landscapes and Rural Development Day Shares Advancements on Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

3 December 2012: Lamenting the lack of progress on agriculture in the UNFCCC negotiations, participants at the Agriculture, Landscapes and Rural Development Day explored options for climate-smart agriculture to address mitigation, adaptation and smallholder farmer challenges.

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IFAD Workshop on Aviation Biofuels Calls for Engaging Small Farmers [viewed]

22 November 2012: At the international workshop on Sustainable Pro-Poor Development of Aviation Biofuels, experts, policy makers and stakeholders examined the opportunities for biofuels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation industry and create employment in rural communities. Panelists considered the food security implications of scaling up biofuel production.

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Dry Lands Conference Focuses on Links Among Climate Change, Food Security and Water Management [viewed]

15 November 2012: The International Conference on Food Security in Dry Lands aimed to develop recommendations in areas related to policy strategies and investments to boost agricultural production, enhance food security and increase resilience to price shocks. Conference participants focused on issues related to food security, water management and responsible investment.

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Event: International Workshop on Sustainable Pro-poor Development of Aviation Biofuels [viewed]

This event on Sustainable Pro-poor Development of Aviation Biofuels aims to promote discussion between global stakeholders to discuss development of the aviation biofuels industry to assure its sustainability and that it maintains a pro-poor focus. The target audience for this event is a diverse range of stakeholders, such as policy makers, governments, international and multilateral development organizations, private sector, academia, civil society and media. The event is organized by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Italy's Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, the Vicariate of Rome - Ufficio Pastorale Universitaria, Roma Tre University, with the support of Boeing.  

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Event: International Conference on Food Security in Dry Lands [viewed]

This conference is held under the auspices of the Heir Apparent, His Highness, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thaniin, in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Bank, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) of Qatar Foundation, among other partners. The conference will bring together a broad range of stakeholders and will focus on three thematic areas, namely food security, water resources, and responsible investment. The conference will include a Ministerial Dialogue on Dry Lands Agriculture under a Changing Climate, which will focus on two themes: the energy-water-food nexus; and financing dry land agriculture and food production. The conference is expected to yield an outcome document with distilled summary recommendations that represent the consensus of the participants on future courses of action required under all thematic areas examined by the conference. The outcome document aims to lead to the adoption of the Doha Declaration that would clearly set a target percentage and date for the allocation of a significant proportion of the national public expenditure for programmes and projects to achieve food security on an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable basis. The outcome document will also present the main thrusts of an Action Plan to follow-up on agreed recommendations and commitments.  

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Event: Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day 5 [viewed]

Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day 5: Solutions for People in Drylands and Beyond provides an opportunity for the natural resource and agriculture community to share solutions for climate change adaptation and mitigation in agricultural landscapes. The event will provide a venue to engage with key stakeholders and decision makers, and develop solutions that can feed into 2013 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) discussions. The event will take place alongside the 18th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC, in Doha, Qatar, on 3 December 2012. This year's event aims to identify: existing, large scale solutions to specific mitigation and adaptation challenges that can benefit farmers, in particular small scale farmers; gaps where there are limited existing solutions or limited available knowledge; and potential trade-offs in implementing existing, known solutions. The Day is co-hosted by, inter alia, CGIAR and the World Bank, and co-organized by, inter alia, IFAD, FAO and WFP.  

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IFAD Develops Tools on Livestock and Renewable Energy [viewed]

13 October 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has released a paper that provides a review of the role of livestock as a potential renewable energy source to improve energy access in rural areas. The paper focuses on opportunities to harness biogas from livestock wastes and residues, including tools and reviews on the best available information on biogas digesters. 

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