Agriculture & Food Security

This section includes stories relating to the impacts of climate change on agricultural production, including changes in temperature, precipitation, water supply and resulting impacts on crop yields. The section also covers the agricultural sector’s role as emitter of greenhouse gases, in particular methane and nitrous oxide, and approaches and new technologies for emissions reduction and carbon sequestration. Food security issues in the context of climate change and related trends, such as biofuels production, as well as impacts of land-use changes on the Earth’s ability to absorb or reflect heat and light are also included.

UNCCD CRIC 13 Addresses Sustainable Land Management Linkages in Post-2015, Climate Agendas [viewed]

cric_1327 March 2015: Delegates to the 13th session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 13) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) made a critical assessment of the status of the Convention and exchanged views on how to ensure its continued relevance and effectiveness. Pointing to the continuing “implementation gap” despite the high number of submitted country reports, several delegates questioned whether “we are collecting the right information to spur further action,” and suggested that a focus on synergies with the other Rio Conventions and adopting a global target on land degradation neutrality (LDN) could enhance the Convention's impact.

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Conference Urges Climate-Smart Agriculture that Addresses Climate Change and Food Security [viewed]

smart_agriculture_201518 March 2015: The Third Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA), organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the CGIAR Consortium along with other partners, concluded with the adoption of the Montpellier Statement. With a view to developing sustainable landscapes and food systems, the Statement identifies what is needed for CSA solutions that address food security, as well as climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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UN Urges Improved Water Governance and Action on World Water Day [viewed]

un-water22 March 2015: On World Water Day, UN leaders and others called for urgent cooperation to ensure access to safe drinking water and sanitation. The 2015 World Water Development Report (WWDR), which the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched for the Day, recommends a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on water, which the report says would contribute to poverty alleviation and improvements in the environment, health and food and energy production.

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Civil Society Organizations Hold National and Online Consultations Ahead of Desertif'actions 2015 [viewed]

desertif_actions_years_of_soilsMarch 2015: As part of preparations for the global civil society forum, Desertif'actions 2015, local and international organizations are holding a series of national preparatory workshops and a multilingual online consultation between February and May 2015 on the theme: ‘Climate change and the preservation of drylands – time to act!'

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‘Smart Tree-Invest' Promotes Climate-Smart, Tree-Based Agriculture in Viet Nam [viewed]

ifad_cgiar22 March 2015: Local government agencies in Viet Nam have expressed support for the 'Climate-Smart, Tree-Based, Co-Investment in Adaptation and Mitigation in Asia' (Smart Tree-Invest) project, co-funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the CGIAR Consortium Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry, during a visit from the regional project team from Bogor, Indonesia, that took place from 11-14 March 2014.

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Event: Désertif'actions 2015: 'Climate Change and the Preservation of Drylands - Time to Act!' [viewed]

This international civil society forum is organized by Centre d'Action et de Réalisations Internationales (CARI) under the motto ‘Climate change and the preservation of drylands: time to act!'. The event is expected to bring together stakeholders from more than 100 countries to share their concerns and build common positions on desertification and land degradation under a changing climate and its consequences. The conference will address the three themes of: desertification and land degradation; development sustainability in drylands – creating greater synergy between the three Rio Conventions; and a pluralistic and organized civil society – 'having a true impact and doing what needs to be done'. Désertif'actions 2015 will be preceded by preparatory meetings at the national level, and a multilingual online forum in April and May 2015. It will close with a day of cultural and scientific events in Montpellier, France, to raise public awareness on these issues.  

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FAO Publications Focus on Disaster Risk Reduction and Forestry Links [viewed]

FAOMarch 2015: On the occasion of the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a special edition of its forestry journal focusing on the impacts of disasters on forest-dependent communities and published a brochure on natural disasters, agriculture and food and nutrition security.

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GFIA Focuses on Sustainable and Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

gfia11 March 2015: To help meet the goal of increasing agricultural production while minimizing environmental damage, the 2nd Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) met to showcase sustainable agriculture innovations and solutions. The forum featured, inter alia: a Global Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) Summit; a solutions conference on ‘Food Losses and Waste Initiative: From Prevention to Valorisation'; a two-day conference on ICT for Sustainable Agriculture; a session on ‘Edible Cities: Building Resilience with Urban Agriculture'; and an Innovations Programme, with sessions on agribusiness, water, mechanization, renewable energy and agroforestry.

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UNCCD Conference Stresses Role of Science and Traditional Knowledge in Scaling Up Land-Based Adaptation [viewed]

csts412 March 2015: The outcome from the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 3rd Scientific Conference emphasizes that, inter alia, "human actions are a key driver of desertification, land degradation and drought, and a contributor to climate change. Therefore, society must mitigate or reverse these stresses using innovative approaches to attain land degradation neutrality."

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CGIAR Members, Partners Establish Climate Research Centers in Africa [viewed]

logos_cifor_itta11 March 2015: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and Germany's Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have announced the establishment of the Congo Basin's first center for excellence in climate change research. A greenhouse gas (GHG) laboratory was established in Yaoundé, Cameroon, in 2014 and represents the beginning of the partners' effort to develop a network of expertise and facilities to strengthen climate change research across Africa.

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