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.

Event: Global Landscapes Forum [viewed]

The second Global Landscapes Forum will be convened on the margins of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Peru. The Forum will consider the landscape approach within the framework of climate change and development. Themes will include food, water and energy; climate change; the green economy; and sustainable development.  

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ADB Highlights Flood Control in Transboundary Pyanj River [viewed]

ADBJuly 2014: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) published a report, titled ‘Pyanj River Morphology and Flood Protection,' which examines the character of the river channel, traditional flood control approaches in the basin and means of corridor protection. The report aims to support flood control planning and management in the basin and build climate resilience.

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ITPGR Secretariat Issues Publication on Farmers and Climate Change [viewed]

ITPGRJuly 2014: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has published a booklet titled, "Enabling Farmers to Face Climate Change,' which provides an overview of the projects that are being implemented as part of the second project portfolio of the ITPGR Benefit-sharing Fund.

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Event: Fourth Climate Change and Development Conference (CCDA-IV) [viewed]

In recognition of 2014 as the year of agriculture, the fourth Climate Change and Development Conference (CCDA-IV) will take place under the theme 'Africa Can Feed Africa Now: Translating Climate Knowledge into Action'. This iteration of the conference is exploring how evolving knowledge of climate can create sustainable agricultural production systems in Africa, so that it can feed itself and support the socio-economic development of its people. The impact of climate change on vulnerable groups, such as farmers, women, youth and pastoralists, will be at the center of the discussions. Each year, CCDA brings together stakeholders from civil society, academia, the policy arena and intergovernmental organizations to discuss the interrelationships between climate change and development, with a focus on opportunities, best practices, different approaches, strategies and planning. The event is organized under the auspices of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme, which is a consortium of the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).  

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Member States Approve Draft Outcome of SIDS Conference [viewed]

samoa-conference11 July 2014: UN Member States approved the Draft Outcome of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), titled 'SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action [S.A.M.O.A.] Pathway,' concluding the work of the Preparatory Committee for the conference, on 11 July 2014.

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OWG Concludes Work, Submits SDG Proposal to UNGA [viewed]

OWG19 July 2014: The UN General Assembly's Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has concluded its work, adopting by acclamation a report containing 17 proposed SDGs and 169 targets. The proposal will be submitted to the UN General Assembly for consideration and action at its 68th session.

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IDB, EARTH University Open Green Youth Innovators Contest [viewed]

greenovators17 July 2014: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the EARTH University of Costa Rica are inviting young innovators to develop projects to combat climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean in the ‘Green youth innovators contest.'

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European Commission Quantifies Cost of Climate Impacts [viewed]

European Union 25 June 2014: Climate change-related damage could cost the EU €190 billion or more unless further climate action is taken, according to a study by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC). The study seeks to quantify the biophysical impacts of climate change on household welfare and economic activity by examining climate impacts on ten sectors in five EU regions through a broad set of climate model simulations.

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Indigenous Mountain Communities Discuss Climate Change, Food Security [viewed]

Mountain Partnership14 July 2014: Indigenous mountain communities from nine countries formed an International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples at a workshop in Bhutan. The workshop, which discussed how to respond to climate change impacts on their food and farming systems, resulted in the Bhutan Declaration on Climate Change and Mountain Indigenous Peoples.

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OECD Launches Data Portal [viewed]

OECD_NEW3 July 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has made available, in beta, a data portal that provides access to OECD statistical data, including charts, maps, tables and publications.

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