Agriculture & Food Security

World Bank, IMF Analyze Impact of Economic Crisis on Development [viewed]

24 September 2011: The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) met in Washington DC, US, for the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors and issued a Development Committee Communiqué noting that the turbulence in global financial markets, volatile commodity prices and pressures on food security pose critical challenges to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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“Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference Discusses Water and Green Economy [viewed]

23 September 2011: The seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference concluded with the adoption of a Ministerial Declaration titled “Save water, grow green!” Through the Declaration, ministers agree to take the lead in the transition to a green economy and to make substantive contributions to the discussions on green economy within the context of sustainable development, poverty alleviation and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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UN Secretary-General Addresses Meeting of Ibero-American Ministers of Foreign Affairs [viewed]

22 September 2011: In his statement delivered at the lunch meeting of Iberoamerican Foreign Ministers in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that advancing economic growth, lifting people out of poverty and protecting the environment are interlinked, "one and the same cause." 

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UNCCD and Partners Launch Economics of Land Degradation Initiative [viewed]

UNCCD21 September 2011: The European Commission, the German Government and the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have launched the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) initiative.

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Event: Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

The Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture is organized by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation of the Netherlands, the World Bank, and the University of Wageningen. It is sponsored by, inter alia, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on Agricultural Research (CGIAR). It will bring together world experts on climate-smart agriculture to provide a synthesis of the current state of knowledge in order to deliver a set of findings based on multi-disciplinary science and best practices. The objectives of the conference are to: take stock of the current state of global knowledge of the science and best practices concerning climate-smart agriculture, in OECD and developing countries, and among private and public stakeholders; identify key priorities for further knowledge development; and summarize key findings for discussion at the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC in Durban, South Africa, at the end of 2011, and the follow up global conference on Food Security and Climate Change in Viet Nam in early 2012.  

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Event: CGIAR Science Forum 2011 [viewed]

The biennial Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Science Forum brings together scientists, practitioners, policy makers and funding agents to examine emerging challenges, identify key researchable issues and form new partnerships to address them. The theme of Science Forum 2011 is ‘The Agriculture-Environment Nexus.' It will focus on new opportunities to adapt the agricultural research landscape to meet emerging challenges, such as: giving consideration to ecological efficiency in future agriculture; making agriculture and forestry net sinks of carbon and not sources; enabling agriculture to prosper with fewer non-renewable inputs; and developing innovative apporaches for a low-carbon agriculture that mitigates climate change. It is proposed that the debate at the Science Forum will be structured around the following themes: land saving and land transformation; resource scarcity and the ecological intensification of agriculture; metrics and monitoring; agro-biodiversity - can biodiverse systems compete in a global market?; sustainability science; and multifunctional landscapes. Science Forum 2011 will be hosted by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and is organized by a steering committee led by the Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) of the CGIAR.  

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Event: Workshop on Communicating Carbon [viewed]

The aim of this workshop, which is held by the Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), is to bring together the project developers and their staff who interact with farmers to exchange lessons learned with each other, as well as to develop improved skills related to communication about carbon projects. The workshop will highlight best communication practices used to inform farmers about carbon markets, contracts, and risks involved in engaging with carbon projects. The workshop will also learn from communication strategies that have not been successful. The Communicating Carbon workshop aims to facilitate linking knowledge of mitigation with action that can help mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The objectives of the workshop are to: share experiences on communicating the concept of carbon finance to farmers; identify communication strategies that provide and do not provide free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) to farmers about carbon project; develop topics and texts to be included in a policy brief on communicating carbon finance; and develop an action plan to carry forward collaboration beyond this initial gathering.  

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Event: Second Global AgriKnowledge Share Fair [viewed]

The event is jointly organized by Bioversity International, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the World Food Programme (WFP). The meeting will focus on information technology for development, social media, knowledge sharing and green innovations to address food security and climate change.  

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ADB Releases Report on Green Growth in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

ADB20 September 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a report titled “Greening Growth in Asia and the Pacific,” which aims to present a snapshot of ADB's support to environmentally sustainable growth in the region.

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EU Agriculture Ministers Discuss Energy Use of Biomass of Agricultural Origin [viewed]

20 September 2011: The EU agriculture ministers, meeting in the Council on 20 September 2011 in Brussels, Belgium, held an exchange of views on the energy use of biomass of agricultural origin as an important element of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

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