Agriculture & Food Security

UNCCD, UNDP Strengthen Strategic Collaboration on Life of Drylands Populations [viewed]

28 March 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have signed a Programme of Cooperation to formalize their long-standing strategic partnership to address poverty among the poorest populations.

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GEF Approves First Two Projects Under the SFM/REDD+ Window [viewed]

GEF23 March 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved its first two projects, in Togo and Azerbaijan, under the sustainable forest management (SFM) and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+) window approved as a result of the GEF's fifth replenishment.

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Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change Issues Final Report [viewed]

28 March 2012: The Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change has released its final report proposing policy responses to the challenges of feeding a world confronted with climate change, population growth, poverty, fluctuating food prices and degraded ecosystems.

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African Leaders Meet to Plan Actions for Sustainable Growth [viewed]

26 March 2012: The Fifth Joint Meeting of the African Union (AU) Conference of Ministers of Economy and Finance and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development met to address a broad range of issues related to development under the theme "Unleashing Africa's Potential as a Pole of Global Growth."

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UNDP/SPC Introduces GIS Mapping for Land and Forest in Solomon Islands [viewed]

23 March 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the South Pacific Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) Division of the South Pacific Community (SPC) in partnership with the Solomon Islands Government, plan to introduce a remote sensing mapping and Geographic Information System (GIS) to map land and forest cover in the Solomon Islands.

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IFPRI/IFAD Workshop Addresses Agricultural Mitigation in Viet Nam [viewed]

26 March 2012: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have hosted a workshop in Viet Nam to examine the potential climate change mitigation benefits from alternative management practices for paddy rice.

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UN Report Highlights Sustainable Development Challenges in Eastern Europe and Central Asia [viewed]

23 March 2012: A new report on sustainable development in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, prepared by 13 UN agencies, has highlighted the need for the region to remove fossil fuel subsidies, invest in green jobs, and establish social protection floors in order to ensure a sustainable future.

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EEA, EC Launch Climate-ADAPT Website [viewed]

23 March 2012: The European Commission and the European Environment Agency (EEA) have launched the Climate-ADAPT website to provide information to policy makers, engineers, planners and administrators about impacts, vulnerability and climate change adaptation in Europe.

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FAO Appeals to Build the Resilience of the Horn of Africa [viewed]

FAO23 March 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has called for urgent funding to implement, over the next 90 days, a plan to give farmers and pastoralists in the Horn of Africa means to build resilience to future shocks. Activities for which the $50 million is being sought include crop and livestock production, and cash-for work programmes to restore infrastructure.

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World Water Day Focuses on Food Security [viewed]

22 March 2012: The 2012 edition of World Water Day, which is held every year on 22 March, focused on the theme "water and food security." The official UN-Water celebrations were coordinated by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), who noted that a 50% reduction in food waste would save 1350 km3 of water per year.

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