Agriculture & Food Security

Event: CGIAR Development Dialogues [viewed]

The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is holding its inaugural 'Development Dialogues' to discuss forestry, agriculture, livestock, fisheries, landscapes and food systems in the context of climate change and sustainable development. The event will explore integrated landscape approaches for agriculture, forestry and other land uses in support of efforts to develop sustainable food systems in the midst of climate change, population growth, increasing poverty and the feminization of agriculture. Panelists will include: Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister for Environment of Peru and President of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 20), and Kwesi Atta-Krah, Director of CGIAR's Research Program on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics. Panel discussions will aim to move beyond the “land sparing” versus “land sharing” debates by exploring the geographic, ecological, social and political contexts that influence land use policy. The Development Dialogues will take place during Climate Week NYC alongside the UN General Assembly and the UN Climate Summit. Participants will engage in debates on the following themes: prosperous, food-secure and resilient livelihoods; healthier, innovative, capable and inclusive communities; new partnerships for development impact; and climate change-resilient agro-ecosystems.  

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UNDP-GEF Publication Highlights SIDS as Models for Sustainable Development Solutions [viewed]

UNDP - GEF2 September 2014: Small island developing States (SIDS) can serve as models for global sustainable development solutions that promote human development, reduce poverty and build resilience, according to a report by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). ‘Island Innovations – UNDP and GEF: Leveraging the Environment for the Sustainable Development of SIDS' highlights "whole island" approaches to sustainable development, incorporating climate change adaptation, conserving land, ocean and water resources, generating economic growth and enhancing local capacity.

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US, Hawaii Announce Aloha+ Challenge for Sustainability [viewed]

1sep.sids1 September 2014: The Aloha+ Challenge has been announced in Apia, Samoa, following its launch in Hawaii, US, on 7 July 2014. The joint sustainability commitment includes targets on: clean energy transformation; local food production; natural resource management; waste reduction; smart growth and climate resilience; and green jobs and education.

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Second Africa Drylands Week Discusses SLM, Food Security, Adaptation [viewed]

africanunionlogo29 August 2014: The Second Africa Drylands Week focused on the role of sustainable land management in the context of Africa's Year of Agriculture and Food Security, with participants addressing achievements in, and challenges to, drylands development.

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UNECA Highlights Blue Economy Potential of African SIDS [viewed]

UNECA28 August 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Climate Policy Center (ACPC) have released a report, titled ‘Climate Change in the African SIDS: The Paradox of the Small.' The report highlights that the blue economy can help African small island developing States (SIDS) to achieve their development aims and tackle challenges related to economic and climate change vulnerability. UNECA will launch the report during a side event to the Third International Conference on SIDS.

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LAC Seminar: Family Farmers, Indigenous Peoples Key to Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

fao-eclac24 August 2014: Participants at the fifth Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) regional seminar on agriculture and climate change recognized the key role of family farmers and indigenous people in helping the region confront the challenges posed by climate change, protect agrobiodiversity and improve food security.

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Mountain EbA Pilot Project in Peru Reports Lessons Learned [viewed]

undp.unep.iucn20 August 2014: The global Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) Flagship Programme's Mountain Ecoosystems Programme has issued a project brochure outlining EbA work underway in the Nor Yauyos Cochas Landscape Reserve (RPNYC) in the Peruvian Andes and its buffer area, as well as lessons learned so far from the project.

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ADB Urges Focus on Food Insecurity, Disaster Reduction [viewed]

ADB20 August 2014: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) released its annual statistical report on key social and economic indicators, which calls for paying greater attention to the impacts of rising food prices on the poor, and addressing their vulnerability to disasters, climate impacts and other kinds of risk.

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USAID, Rockefeller Foundation Launch Global Resilience Partnership [viewed]

usaid-rockefeller-foundation20 August 2014: The Rockefeller Foundation and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have launched a fund intended to build the resilience of disaster-prone communities in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia. The initial investment of US$100 million will fund the best ideas and innovations resulting from a Resilience Challenge open to academic, non-profit and private sector entities.

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ADB Assesses Climate Change Costs in South Asia [viewed]

ADB19 August 2014: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has published a report, titled ‘Assessing the Costs of Climate Change and Adaptation in South Asia,' which predicts that by 2050, the collective economy of six countries - Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka - will see an average annual economic loss of around 1.8% of GDP by 2050 that could rise to 8.8% in 2100 if the “world continues on its current fossil fuel-intensive path.”

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