Agriculture & Food Security

ISDR Warns Against Increasing Drought Risks in Pacific Islands [viewed]

10 October 2011: Stressing the finite water resources of Pacific small island developing States (SIDS), the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has stressed the need put in place comprehensive risk reduction measures to reduce their vulnerability to climate change.

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2011 Food Insecurity Report Highlights Climate Change as a Driver of Price Volatility [viewed]

10 October 2011: The newly released report titled "The State of Food Insecurity in the World: How does international price volatility affect domestic economies and food security?" stresses that price volatility is likely to continue due to climate change and weather shocks, growing demand for biofuel, and the "financialization" of food and agricultural commodities.

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CCAFS Launches Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Knowledge Network [viewed]

October 2011: The research programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has developed an instrument for aggregating, visualizing and connecting its research outputs.

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CIAT Warns of Climate Change Impact on Cocoa Production [viewed]

29 September 2011: The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) has released a report titled "Predicting the Impact of Climate Change on the Cocoa-Growing Regions in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire," which predicts that a temperature rise of over 2ºC by 2050 would dramatically impact West Africa's cocoa-producing areas.

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UNEP Joins UNFPA's 7 Billion Actions Campaign [viewed]

6 October 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced that it has joined the 7 Billion Actions Campaign, coordinated by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), to encourage individuals, governments, businesses and organizations to take actions to create a more sustainable world for seven billion inhabitants.

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Event: Durban Trade and Climate Change Symposium [viewed]

The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) is co-organising the Durban Trade and Climate Change Symposium together with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Department of Trade and Industry of the Republic of South Africa.  

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Central America Workshop Discusses Water Management and Climate Change [viewed]

23 September 2011: The Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD), the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the Global Water Partnership - Central America (GWP-CA) recently organized a workshop titled “Regional Development in the Context of Water and Climate Change."

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Global Soil Partnership for Food Security and Climate Change Outlines Mission [viewed]

30 September 2011: The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) for Food Security and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, which was launched in early September 2011, has released a brochure describing the need for the GSP, its mission and strategic objectives and pillars.

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Event: The International Conference on Climate Services [viewed]

The International Conference on Climate Services aims to initiate a dialogue between experienced climate information providers and those who currently use or wish to use such information. The objective of the ICCS is to ultimately establish a climate services pilot programme or network, with support from an international set of partners with experience in the implementation, design or use of climate information and services. The hope is that the conference will engender expressed commitments from conference participants. James Hansen, Leader of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) theme "Adaptation through Managing Climate Risk," will be presenting his research at the conference. The conference is being organized by the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), the Earth Institute Columbia University, the Climate Service Center (CSC), MetOffice and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).  

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UNGA General Debate Closes with Focus on Climate Change, SIDS and Rio+20 [viewed]

27 September 2011: The general debate of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) closed on 27 September, with a number of speakers addressing the challenges posed by climate change, preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), and the specific vulnerability of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

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