Agriculture & Food Security

Geospatial Information Management Meeting Adopts Addis Ababa Declaration [viewed]

11 August 2011: The African Regional Preparatory meeting on Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM) met from 8-10 August 2011, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to establish a plan of action for African participation in GGIM initiative ahead of the High-Level Forum on GGIM to be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 24-26 October 2011. The meeting culminated with the adoption of the Addis Ababa Declaration on Geospatial Information Management in Africa.

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UN Secretary-General Report Describes International Progress on Combating Food Insecurity [viewed]

8 August 2011: A report of the UN Secretary-General titled "Agriculture Development and Food Security: progress on the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on Food Security," has been released in preparation for the 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

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CGIAR Names Director for New Programme on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry [viewed]

8 August 2011: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has named Rober Nasi as the Director of the CGIAR Research Program No. 6: Forests, Trees and Agroforestry: Livelihoods, Landscapes and Governance.

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Event: Emergency in the Horn of Africa: Follow-Up and Response Actions [viewed]

This meeting is hosted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for its member States, and humanitarian and development partners. It constitutes a second session in a rapid follow-up to the Emergency Ministerial-Level Meeting on the Drought in the Horn of Africa held on 25 July 2011. The meeting is expected to take stock of the situation, including discussions on aid pledged, actions undertaken, and the shortfalls that may exist in these key areas. The meeting will also address the root causes of the crisis and the longer-term needs of region to enhance livelihood resilience, thus building up on the work of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).  

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EBRD Provides Financing to Green Agribusiness in Serbia [viewed]

5 August 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced that it is providing a EUR80 million loan to Serbia's agricultural sector to expand the production and increase energy savings of MK Group, a leading agribusiness group in Serbia.

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ASB REDD+ Briefs Highlight Competing Carbon Claims, MRV Capacity Needs and Governance and Safeguards [viewed]

August 2011: Recent publications from ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB) address key issues related to REDD+ implementation with respect to carbon rights, measurement, reporting and verification (MRV),  safeguards, and stakeholder engagement.

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Event: 37th Committee on World Food Security [viewed]

 

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CCAFS Calls for Proposals on Climate Change Communications [viewed]

8 August 2011: The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has opened a call for proposals on "the review of and strategy development for climate change communications and social learning in climate change."

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Farmers in Togo Receive Climate Adaptation Support from FAO and EU [viewed]

FAO3 August 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced the results of a two-year effort to support farmers in Togo. The FAO, with funds from the EU, provided support for 20,000 Togolese farmers to respond to floods and food price increases occurring in 2007 and 2008.

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ADB Report Warns Against Climate Change Impacts on Health [viewed]

July 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a report titled "Accounting for Health Impacts of Climate Change." The report highlights that Asia and the Pacific host the greatest number of people vulnerable to the projected adverse impacts of climate change, which will challenge the public health community at the global, national, and local levels with the appearance of new diseases and the proliferation of existing ones.

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