Agriculture & Food Security

InterAction Council, UNU-INWEH Launch Report on Global Water Crisis [viewed]

11 September 2012: The UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) and InterAction Council (IAC), along with the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, have published a report calling for the UN Security Council to take stronger action on water issues. “The Global Water Crisis: Addressing an Urgent Security Issue” presents the outcomes of a May 2011 meeting of IAC, and outlines steps in the Québec Declaration on the World Water Crisis, which resulted from that meeting.

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CCAFS Study Documents Climate-Resilient Farming in East Africa [viewed]

CCAFS7 September 2012: The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) has released a study on the incremental adoption of climate-resilient farming by smallholders in East Africa. Farmers' strategies to cope with climate change, in the countries surveyed, include: adoption of short-cycle crop varieties and drought tolerant crops; planting of trees on farms; and intercropping.

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IFAD Pledges Finance Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Activities in Yemen [viewed]

7 September 2012: The Consultative Group Meeting for the Republic of Yemen announced a package of pledges towards Yemen's Transitional Program for Stabilization and Development, which included US$41 million in pledges from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to develop new programs.

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Event: GEF STAP Workshop on Soil Organic Carbon and Carbon Benefits Project [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) is organizing two workshops in Kenya to consider the role of soils in delivering global environmental benefits, and to share the tools developed by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-GEF Carbon Benefits Project. A scoping workshop for the GEF on soil organic carbon for global benefits will be held 10-12 September at UNEP. On 13-16 September 2012, STAP and UNEP will lead a review workshop of the tools developed by the UNEP-GEF Carbon Benefits Project (CBP). The meeting will be held at Voi Wildlife Lodge in Tsavo.  

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ICRAF Newsletter Highlights 2011-2012 Annual Report, Nairobi Science Forum [viewed]

4 September 2012: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) published the August issue of its "Transformations" newsletter, which announces the release of its Annual Report, highlighting issues related to sustainable soil and water management, climate change, value chain management and conservation of native tree species. The newsletter also includes articles addressing farms, food security and climate change adaptation, and notes key publications and the Science Forum in Nairobi, Kenya.

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SPC Convenes Training on Monitoring Adaptation of Coastal Fisheries [viewed]

SPC6 September 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), in collaboration with the French Institute of Research for Development (IRD), hosted a training course on monitoring adaptation of coastal fisheries to climate change during the first week of September, in Noumea, New Caledonia. The course was a component of the Australian Government-funded “Monitoring the vulnerability and adaptation of coastal fisheries to climate change” project.

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CCAFS Bulletin Describes Toll of Heat Shocks on Economic Growth [viewed]

3 September 2012: The September edition of the AgClim Letters, published by the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS), describes long-term effects of temperature shocks on economic growth, which is felt especially in poor countries. 

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UNECE Watercourses Convention Celebrates 20th Anniversary [viewed]

UNECE4 September 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (UNECE Watercourses Convention), signed in 1992 in Helsinki, returned to that city to celebrate its 20th anniversary. A two-day meeting was held to reflect on the accomplishments of the Convention and contemplate its future as it is readied to allow accession to the Convention by UN members outside the UNECE.

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CIF, AfDB Funding to Bolster Niger Water Sector [viewed]

3 September 2012: Niger has been awarded US$22 million in financing from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), in addition to financial and technical resources from the African Development Bank (AfDB), to support the Niger Water Resources Mobilization and Development Project, as well as provide assistance to scale-up best practices within a number of other water resource management projects in Niger.

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FAO, IFAD and WFP Call for Action to Avert Global Food Crisis [viewed]

4 September 2012: In response to increases in maize, wheat and soybean prices similar in magnitude to those seen during the 2007-2008 world food crisis, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) have issued a joint statement calling for urgent action to avert global price shocks. 

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