Agriculture & Food Security

Report Outlines Sustainable Food Future [viewed]

WRI3 December 2013: The World Resources Institute (WRI), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Bank have issued a report on achieving a sustainable food future. ‘Creating a Sustainable Food Future: Interim Findings' recommends reducing waste and demand for animal products, as well as following other "climate-smart” guidelines.

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IFAD Launches Risk Management Platform [viewed]

IFAD2 December 2013: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has launched a four-year Platform for Agricultural Risk Management (PARM) to help smallholder farmers in developing countries access risk management products, such as insurance, to cope with climate change and variability.

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Event: Improving the Quantification of Agriculture Emissions in Low-Income Countries [viewed]

The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) will be hosting a web-based seminar that describes the Standard Assessment of Mitigation Potential and Livelihoods in Smallholder Systems, or SAMPLES approach to quantifying agriculture emissions. SAMPLES addresses knowledge gaps related to greenhouse gas (GHG) sources and sinks in smallholder agricultural systems. The uncertainty in understanding agriculture emissions compromises up-scaling of low-emissions agricultural development solutions, constrains smallholder participation in the emerging green economy, and weakens low-income countries' contribution to global climate negotiations. SAMPLES applies newly-developed and existing methods to generate novel, rigorous, and comparable data on GHG balances and livelihood-climate trade-offs due to smallholder farming.  

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CGIAR-led SAMPLES Project Focuses on Mitigation Potential from Agricultural Landscapes [viewed]

CCAFSDecember 2013: Aiming to better understand livelihoods and climate systems in agriculture landscapes, the Standard Assessment of Mitigation Potential and Livelihoods in Smallholder Systems (SAMPLES) project is developing tools and methodologies to support pro-poor climate change mitigation options through protocol development, global priority setting, capacity building and field-testing and research.

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ADB Assesses Economic Losses from Climate Change in the Pacific [viewed]

ADB26 November 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a report, titled ‘Economics of Climate Change in the Pacific,' which estimates the total climate change cost in the Pacific to range from 2.9% to 12.7% of annual GDP by 2100.

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ECPA Newsletter Highlights Clean Energy, Sustainable Cities, Climate Science Initiatives [viewed]

ECPA logo18 November 2013: The Clearinghouse for the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) has released the latest issue of its ECPA Clearinghouse Newsletter, providing briefs on several recent regional events related to energy and climate issues.

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FAO Documents Climate-Smart Agriculture Activities in Malawi and Zambia [viewed]

FAOOctober 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a working paper that explores the livelihood and food security benefits of agroforestry and conservation agriculture in Malawi and Zambia, as well as economic feasibility analyses of the practices.

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Event: International Mountain Day 2013 [viewed]

International Mountain Day (IMD) is meant raise awareness about the importance of mountains, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build partnerships that will bring positive change to the world's mountains and highlands. The theme for the event in 2013 is 'Mountains - Key to a Sustainable Future'. The celebration will focus on mountains' contribution towards sustainable economic growth and draw attention to their generally sustainable and low-emission production models. Organizers will also use the occasion to address the post-2015 development agenda and recall the need to include mountains in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

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IFPRI Spotlights Climate Change Adaptation and Land Degradation Issues [viewed]

IFPRI Logo22 November 2013: The November edition of Insights, the magazine of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), explores a range of topics relevant to sustainable development and the alleviation of food insecurity.

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Climate Services Adaptation Programme Aims to Increase Resilience in Africa [viewed]

WMO21 November 2013: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) partnered with research groups, UN agencies and humanitarian organizations to launch the Climate Services Adaptation Programme in Africa in an effort to increase the resilience of the most vulnerable countries to the impacts of weather and climate-related events.

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