Agriculture & Food Security

UNECA Expert Group Meeting Urges Mainstreaming Climate Change into Development Policies [viewed]

27 August 2012: A recently-held UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) expert group meeting on “Climate Change and the Rural Economy in Southern Africa,” met to address, inter alia, strengthening capacity for developing adaptation and mitigation strategies. The meeting concluded with a call to member States to continue mainstreaming climate change into their rural development policies.

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World Water Week 2012 Opens with Focus on Water and Food Security [viewed]

26 August 2012: World Water Week 2012 is underway in Stockholm, Sweden, with a focus on the theme "Water and Food Security." The programme aims to engage participants on challenges posed by increased competition for water resources, driven in part by population growth and climate change, and its effects on agriculture and food security. World Water Week is organized annually by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

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Dominican Republic Launches National Climate Change Capacity Building Strategy [viewed]

UN CC:Learn7 August 2012: The Dominican Republic has formally launched its National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emissions and Climate Resilient Development, which was developed with assistance from the One UN Training Service Platform on Climate Change (UN CC:Learn). 

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FAO Assesses Crop Yield Response to Water [viewed]

FAO22 August 2012: The UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has published a paper, titled “Crop Yield Response to Water,” which compiles tools for assessing crops' yield response to water, with the aim of increasing water efficiency. These tools are designed to: determine the effects of water shortages on crops production; investigate impacts of climate change on crop yield; compare various water allocation plans; optimize irrigation schedules; and create strategies to increase water productivity and savings.

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WWAP Publishes Green Accounting for Water Report [viewed]

August 2012: The World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has published a report, titled “Green Accounting and Data Improvement for Water Resources,” which examines the incorporation of water-related indicators into environmental accounting systems by the UN System of Environmental-Economic Accounts for Water (SEEAW), Eurostat, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Environment Agency (EEA).

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Event: Final Preparatory Meeting in Support of the Economic and Social Assessments of the Impact of Climate Change in the Caribbean [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will convene a final working group session of consultants and representatives of ECLAC, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) before draft reports of the economic and social impacts on climate change on the Caribbean's agriculture, coastal and marine, energy, health, tourism and water sectors are prepared.  

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WMO, UNCCD Call for Coordinated Efforts to Manage Risks from Drought [viewed]

21 August 2012: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have announced plans to help countries improve their drought risk management and develop effective, long-term solutions.

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CCAFS Report Focuses on Genetic Diversity in Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

August 2012: Considering the importance of genetic diversity to successful agricultural adaptation, the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) has released a working paper that outlines the experience of eight centres of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) with reorganizing their activities to work on climate change adaptation.

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Adaptation Fund Board Releases Report from 18th Meeting [viewed]

Adaptation Fund16 August 2012: At its 18th Meeting, the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) accredited the National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development of India as the National Implementing Entity (NIE) for India, and as its 12th NIE. The Board also approved grants for $50.7 million in seven countries, including one direct access project in Jamaica. 

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IEA Bioenergy ExCo67 Workshop Report Provides Updates on Biomass for Transport [viewed]

IEAAugust 2012: The Bioenergy Implementing Agreement of the International Energy Agency (IEA Bioenery) has released a new report, titled “Future Biomass-based Transport Fuels- Summary and Conclusions from the IEA Bioenergy ExCo67 Workshop,” which summarizes the presentations of four panel sessions during a workshop on the potential use of biomass-derived transportation fuels.

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