Agriculture & Food Security

FAO Develops Webportal on Horn of Africa Drought Emergency [viewed]

FAOJuly 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has opened a webportal on the food crisis in the Horn of Africa. 

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Event: Global Soil Partnership for Food Security and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Launch [viewed]

On the basis of the recommendation of FAO's High-Level External Committee (HLEC) on the Millennium Development Goals to the Director-General (13-14 October 2009) and the discussions and conclusions from the 22nd Committee on Agriculture (COAG), which took place from 16-19 June 2010, preparatory activities have been initiated to develop a vision statement, strategy and action plan towards the establishment of a Global Soil Partnership (GSP) for Food Security and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. The GSP is expected to develop synergies and cost savings among the various existing networks and programmes.  

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ASB Produces Policy Brief on Emissions Embodied in Trade and Land Use [viewed]

July 2011: The Alternatives to Slash and Burn Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB) has released a policy brief titled "Emissions Embodied in Trade (EET) and Land Use in Tropical Forest Margins," which explores the role of commodities for export emerging from deforestation, forest degradation and agriculture.

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Emergency Ministerial-Level Meeting on the Horn of Africa Discusses Response to Crisis [viewed]

25 July 2011: An emergency Ministerial-Level meeting on the drought crisis in the Horn of Africa, convened by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), concluded that efforts to build long-term resilience and safeguard the foundations of food security will require a focus on the humanitarian issues affecting the region, including conflict, preservation of humanitarian space, nutrition, disaster risk reduction (DRR), health and education services, and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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IFAD Highlights South-South Cooperation for Poverty Reduction [viewed]

20 July 2011: Ahead of a South-South cooperation meeting, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has called for a more open and constructive policy dialogue to assist in overcoming challenges such as climate change and volatile food prices.

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CGRFA 13 Adopts Elements for a Roadmap on Climate Change and Genetic Resources [viewed]

22 July 2011: The 13th regular session of the Commission on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has agreed on a list of elements for a roadmap or work programme to take action on the roles and values of genetic resources for food and agriculture (GRFA) in terms of achieving food and nutritional security and enabling countries to plan and implement adaptation and mitigation strategies in the context of climate change and anticipated impacts of climate change on food and agricultural production now and in the future.

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Event: CIALCA International Conference: Challenges and Opportunities for Agricultural Intensification of the Humid-Highland Systems of sub-Saharan Africa [viewed]

This meeting is being hosted by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa.  

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ECOSOC Humanitarian Segment Highlights Need for Increased Resilience [viewed]

21 July 2011: Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, opened the humanitarian segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) underlining that global challenges, such as climate change, the food and energy crises, migration and environmental degradation, "continue to increase people's vulnerability and humanitarian needs.”

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WTO Completes Third Review of Aid for Trade Initiative [viewed]

19 July 2011: The Third Global Review of the Aid for Trade Initiative, organized by the World Trade Organization (WTO), reviewed case stories on the results of the Aid for Trade Initiative in different regions and discussed indicators to measure the impact of the Aid for Trade initiative on economic growth, employment and poverty alleviation, as well as on gender empowerment and environmental sustainability.

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CGIAR Announces US$170 Million Alliance on Maize Research [viewed]

6 July 2011: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has announced a programme aimed at doubling the productivity of maize farms while making them more resilient to climate change.

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