Agriculture & Food Security

UNGA High-level Debate Recognizes Climate Change Effects on Vulnerable States [viewed]

26 September 2012: During the second day of the High-level Debate of the 67th session UN General Assembly (UNGA), several speakers expressed commitments to address climate change. Others expressed concerns about the effects of climate change on vulnerable States and highlighted the potential for climate change to contribute to conflicts.

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Event: Conference of African Ministers of Agriculture and Trade 2012 [viewed]

Convened under the theme “Boosting Intra-African Trade for Ensuring Food and Nutrition Security," the Conference of African Ministers of Agriculture and Trade (CAMAT) 2012 provides a platform for African Ministers of Agriculture and Trade to renew commitments towards, and discuss strategies for, boosting intra-African trade to allow greater food and nutrition security on the continent. CAMAT 2012 will also see the rollout of the ccelerated Agribusiness and Agro-Industries Development Initiative (3ADI) programme, to assist smallholder farmers to attain greater market access.  

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UNFCCC Publishes Italy's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

21 September 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of Italy (FCCC/ARR/2011/ITA), which highlights that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 5.4% between 1990 and 2009.

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UN CC:Learn Uganda Workshop Identifies Priority Actions to Strengthen Climate Change Learning [viewed]

UN CC:Learn19 September 2012: The mid-term workshop for the national UN CC:Learn Project in Uganda was held on the theme “Designing Results-based Action to Strengthen Human Resource Capacities to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development."

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AfDB's Climate Finance Newsletter Highlights Facilitation of Green Growth in Northern Africa [viewed]

AfDB17 September 2012: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has published the July-August issue of its Climate Finance Newsletter, which spotlights efforts to facilitate green growth in Northern Africa, noting that such investments will build sustainable infrastructure, enhance livelihood resilience to withstand climatic shocks and manage natural resources.

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FAO Outlines Lessons from Developing Climate-Smart Agriculture Strategies [viewed]

FAOSeptember 2012: As institutions and countries place attention on approaches to agriculture that meet climate change mitigation, adaptation and food security objectives, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has collected country experiences on developing climate-smart agriculture (CSA) strategies and presented a strategy framework with clear building blocks.

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IFAD Loan Contributes to Resilient Rural Development in China [viewed]

24 September 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is providing a loan of $46 million and grant of $1 million to the Chinese Government to support the Hunan Agricultural Rural Infrastructure Improvement Project.

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UNCTAD Trade and Development Board Discusses Sustainable Development in Africa [viewed]

UNCTAD20 September: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) held the 59th session of the UNCTAD Trade and Development Board, which included a session on the sustainable structural transformation in Africa, highlighting challenges for African countries in making structural changes to their economies, as well as opportunities offered by greening economic growth.

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Event: International Banana Symposium [viewed]

Scientific experts, researchers, government agencies and private industries working on banana issues will gather for an international banana symposium co-organized by the Taiwan Banana Research Institute (TBRI), Council of Agriculture (COA) of Taiwan, Bioversity International and the Banana Asia Pacific Network (BAPNET). The symposium's theme will be “Banana health management, use diversification and adaptation to climate change.” Bioversity International is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Abstracts should be submitted by 30 September 2012.  

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UNFCCC Publishes GEF's Report to the COP [viewed]

20 September 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to the Conference of the Parties (COP) (FCCC/CP/2012/6), which includes information on the activities of the GEF for the fiscal year 2012, from 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012, in the area of climate change. 

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