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.

FAO Reports on Mesoamerican LULUCF Workshop [viewed]

FAO16 December 2014: The Mesoamerican Workshop on National Emissions Inventories and Mitigation Plans in Agriculture, Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) assisted 15 countries in identifying resources and methods in order to improve their reporting under the UNFCCC, according to the workshop's final report, released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The report also relays the major challenges these countries face in both implementing and reporting on measures to address climate change.

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CGIAR Paper Analyzes Literature to Identify Key Trends in Adaptation Governance [viewed]

CCAFSDecember 2014: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has recently published a working paper, titled 'Systematic Review Approach to Identifying Key Trends in Adaptation Governance at the Supranational Level.' Authored by Livia Bizikova, Daniella Echeverria and Anne Hammill, the paper analyzes peer-reviewed literature on adaptation governance focused on food security at the supranational level.

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CGIAR Working Paper Analyzes Climate Change Adaptation and Food Security Governance through Comparative Politics [viewed]

CCAFSDecember 2014: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has recently published a working paper, titled 'The Comparative Turn in Climate Change Adaptation and Food Security Governance Research.' Its author, Mark Purdon, argues that the concepts and methods of comparative politics can shine light on political factors important for catalyzing positive change on the governance of climate change adaptation and food security in the developing world.

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China-Mongolia Climate Change Cooperation Promotes Food Security [viewed]

fao-china-mongoliaDecember 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has reported that South-South cooperation on climate change between China and Mongolia has resulted in improved food availability and accessibility for Mongolian consumers. Chinese experts and technicians worked in Mongolia over three years, teaching the use of technologies and techniques for crop and livestock production under extreme climatic conditions.

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UNECE Region Adopts Framework to Reduce Air Pollution from Agriculture [viewed]

UNECE12 December 2014: Parties to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP) have adopted an ‘Ammonia Framework Code' to help countries reduce ammonia emissions from agriculture, which threaten human health, causing cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Atmospheric ammonia, a major contributor to air pollution, also leads to acidification and excessive nutrient loading, resulting in biodiversity loss in many of the most vulnerable ecosystems.

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ECLAC: Reducing Carbon Footprints Can Increase Competitiveness [viewed]

ECLAC11 December 2014: Measuring and reducing the carbon footprints of production processes in Latin America and the Caribbean could improve the insertion in global trade of countries in the region, according to a side event hosted by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) at the Lima Climate Change Conference.

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ECLAC Warns Against Increasing Climate Change Impacts in LAC [viewed]

ECLAC10 December 2014: A report, published by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), warns that climate change impacts in the region are already significant and will likely become more intense in the future. The report, titled ‘The economics of climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean: Paradoxes and challenges of sustainable development,' was presented during the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, in December 2014.

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ECLAC, IDB, Peru Study the Economics of Climate Change in Peru [viewed]

eclac-idb10 December 2014: A joint study by the Peruvian Government, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) predicts that the fishing, agriculture and livestock in the high Andes sectors will be the most affected by climate change in Peru in the coming years.

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GLF Statement Calls for Greater Participation and Coordination [viewed]

fao-unep-cifor11 December 2014: The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) organizers and participants released an ‘Outcome Statement' that recognizes the link between healthy landscapes and efforts to address climate change. The statement reflects discussions among the 1,700 participants about how landscapes approaches contribute to sustainable solutions around the world.

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COP 20 Panel Discusses Land-Based Adaptation Indicator [viewed]

limacop2011 December 2014: Participants focused on the linkages between adaptation and sustainable land and ecosystem management as well as monitoring progress in these areas at an event organized by the Government of China and supported by the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The side event, titled 'Building a Common Indicator on Land-Based Adaptation for Reporting on the Rio Conventions,' was co-convened with the Governments of Costa Rica, France, Morocco, Myanmar, Panama and Senegal on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference.

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