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.

ESCAP, RIMES Warn Pacific Islands of Extreme Weather Risks [viewed]

unescap-rimes21 November 2014: Through a joint press release, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) have warned that extreme weather conditions predicted for the Pacific Ocean pose a significant threat for the industry and infrastructure of island States, and encourages establishing a regional mechanism for better preparedness.

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Samoa Launches Largest-Ever GEF LDC Fund Adaptation Project [viewed]

GEF UNDP7 November 2014: Samoa launched a US$12.3 million project on climate adaptation, the largest national project to be funded under the Least Development Countries Fund (LDCF) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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South East Europe to Improve Provision of Climate Services [viewed]

gfcs24 November 2014: A regional workshop in South East Europe (SEE) discussed pooling knowledge and expertise to improve the provision of user-friendly climate services in order to increase resilience against weather and climate extremes. Attendees included meteorologists, hydrologists, disaster, health, water and agricultural managers, as well as representatives of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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Nepalese Communities to Form Civil Society Mountain Initiative [viewed]

Mountain Partnership21 November 2014: Participants called for addressing climate change and improving the livelihoods of mountain peoples in the Rara Declaration, which was agreed upon at a conference in Rara, Nepal. Participants also agreed to form the Nepalese Civil Society Mountain Initiative (NCSMI), which will, inter alia, advocate for mountain issues in discussions on the post-2015 development agenda and UN meetings on biodiversity, climate change and desertification.

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El Niño Conference Addresses Regional Processes and Impacts [viewed]

WMO14 November 2014: The Third International Conference on ENSO, which met under the theme ‘Bridging the Gaps between the Global ENSO Science and the Regional Processes, Extremes and Impacts,' aimed to review progress on the science of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and regional processes to improve the ENSO prediction and related regional impacts.

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G20 Addresses Growth, Energy, Climate Change, Trade and Ebola [viewed]

G20AUSTRALIA16 November 2014: Group of Twenty (G20) leaders have released a communiqué following the conclusion of the G20 Leaders Summit. The event drew approximately 4,000 delegates and 3,000 media representatives, and provided an opportunity for leaders to discuss global economic issues and use “their collective power to improve people's lives.” The communiqué outlines G20 policy discussions and commitments.

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UNFCCC Releases SED 4 Information Note [viewed]

UNFCCC14 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an information note by the co-facilitators of the structured expert dialogue (SED) on the 2013-2015 review, which provides information on the fourth meeting of the SED, scheduled to take place from 2-3 December 2014, in Lima, Peru.

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UNGA Adopts Resolution on Samoa Pathway [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA14 November 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution on the outcome document of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the 'SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway' (A/69/L.6), by consensus. The Samoa Pathway recognizes the adverse impacts of climate change and sea-level rise on SIDS' efforts to achieve sustainable development as well as to their survival and viability, and addresses economic development, food security, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and ocean management, among other issues.

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Event: Third International Conference on El Niño [viewed]

This conference, which is meeting under the theme ‘Bridging the gaps between the global ENSO science and the regional processes, extremes and impacts,' aims to review progress on the science of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and regional processes to improve the prediction of ENSO and related regional impacts. This discussion will contribute to the development of decision-support frameworks for appropriate planning and response at the national and local levels. The conference will bring together scientists and experts involved in research, observations and operational climate services to provide a forum for efficiently linking science with societal needs. The outcomes will be used to support implementation of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) and inform action to increase resilience to natural climate variability in the areas of agriculture and food security, disaster risk reduction, health and water. The conference is organized by the Centro Internacional para la Investigación del Fenómeno de El Niño, with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) as one of the co-sponsors.  

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OECD Makes the Case for Green Growth in Southeast Asia [viewed]

OECD_NEW11 November 2014: As part of its Green Growth Series, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a report detailing the unsustainability of Southeast Asia's current growth path. The report finds that climate change, fossil fuel-related pollution and an over-dependence on natural resources will hurt growth, prosperity and health in the long-run.

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