Agriculture & Food Security

Report by UNESCO and Partners Reviews Challenges in Managing Iraq's Marshlands [viewed]

25 August 2011: According to a newly released report by the UN Integrated Water Task Force, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), within the context of the first four-year UN Development Assistance Framework for Iraq, marshlands in Iraq must be managed by balancing the various benefits derived from their ecosystems.

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CIAT Study Warns of Climate Impacts on Tea in Uganda [viewed]

August 2011: The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) has released a new report suggesting that if temperatures increase as expected by 2050, some of Uganda's most productive areas will face significant declines.

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Event: Tenth Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change [viewed]

The meeting will address food security crises, deforestation and forest degradation, the rise in landgrabbing, and climate change adaptation. The meeting aims to set an agenda to influence policy dialogues across a collection of international initiatives.  

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Event: Increasing Agricultural Productivity and Enhancing Food Security in Africa: New Challenges and Opportunities [viewed]

This meeting will be organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), in conjunction with the African Union Commission and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. IFPRI is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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IICA Forms Mesoamerican Climate Change Adaptation Network [viewed]

25 August 2011: The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) has reported that it is developing a Mesoamerican scientific-technical network on climate change and agriculture aimed at developing a regional strategy for adapting agriculture to climate variability. IICA is a specialized affiliate of the Organization of American States (OAS).

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IFAD President to Discuss the Horn of Africa Crisis in Visit to Nordic Countries [viewed]

23 August 2011: Kanayo F. Nwanza, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), is to meet with senior officials during his upcoming visit to Norway and Finland, to discuss possible solutions for the Horn of Africa crisis in the immediate-term as well as longer-term interventions to build resilience  of the local farmers.

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CARICOM and SICA Strengthen Institutional Relationship [viewed]

17 August 2011: The Secretaries-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Central American Integration System (SICA) have agreed to strengthen the institutional relationship between their two Secretariats.  

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Event: FAO-OECD Expert Meeting on Greening the Economy with Agriculture [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is collaborating with partners in analyzing existing information and developing possible scenarios for Greening the Economy with Agriculture (GEA), including an evaluation of sustainability progress and gaps in the food supply chain to projection of food supply and demand towards 2050, and the joint FAO/Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) meeting will focus on addressing these scenarios. The meeting will be hosted by OECD at its headquarters and FAO will support the participation to this meeting of selected experts and chiefly, those from seven developing countries. Attendance at the Expert Meeting is by invitation only. Agenda items include: low footprint and productive food and agriculture systems; decent rural livelihoods, green jobs and land tenure; resilience to shocks of low-carbon food systems; quality and health of green food; and policy coherence for GEA.  

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Event: Fifteenth Southern Africa Region Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-15) [viewed]

Convened under the theme “Seasonable Climate Prediction: A Strategic Tool in Sustainable Socio-Economic Development,” the 15th Southern Africa Region Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-15) is being organized by the Southern Africa Development Community in collaboration with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) to develop a consensus climate outlook for the period from October 2011 until March 2012. SARCOF-15 is also expected to address potential climate impacts on sectors including disaster risk management, food security, and health and water resources. The last rainy season in the region will also be assessed.  

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Follow-up Meeting on the Horn of Africa Crisis Calls for Tackling the Root Causes of the Crisis [viewed]

18 August 2011: The follow-up meeting for the Horn of Africa Crisis, hosted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), concluded with a call for a “twin track” approach to the crisis that will meet the relief needs as well as address the root causes of the crisis and strengthen the local population's resilience for possible future crises.

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