Agriculture & Food Security

FAO Representative for LAC Stresses Food Security, Climate Adaptation as Priorities [viewed]

FAO19 June 2012: Upon assuming office, the newly-appointed Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Raúl Benítez (Argentina), indicated his priorities would be food security, climate change adaptation, family agriculture, and agro-food health and safety.

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Event: Workshop on NAMAs: National Mitigation Planning and Implementation in Agriculture [viewed]

This meeting will focus on supporting the development of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) as a tool for national mitigation planning and climate smart agriculture. The Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Research Program, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are sponsoring the workshop. It will support advancing understanding and practice on: decision making on national mitigation priorities; what role NAMAs can play and establishing NAMAs as a policy instrument; the kind of support is needed in terms of investments and finance, policy, and MRV. Proposed outputs include: a publication on lessons learned from NAMA implementation and commonalities and contrasts of NAMA experiences; the elaboration of examples of NAMAs and related measuring reporting and verification (MRV)/infrastructure/ institutional mechanisms to share; minimum requirements for effective implementation of NAMAs – institutions and capacities; decision trees/templates showing how countries can establish priorities and advance implementation; enhanced knowledge on associated tools and resources for NAMA decision making and implementation; identification of research and capacity development needs for effective planning around agriculture; and ways forward for effective NAMA planning. The meeting is by invitation only. CCAFS is a program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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WMO Considers Draft Implementation Plan for Global Framework for Climate Services [viewed]

WMO5 July 2012: At its annual meeting, the Executive Council of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) considered a draft implementation plan for the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), which aims to increase the availability, accuracy and relevance of climate services to cope with natural and human-induced fluctuations in climate.

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CCAFS Documents its First Year of Operation [viewed]

5 July 2012: The annual report of the Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) research program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) documents its efforts in initiating work across numerous sites, establishing baseline surveys, and developing regional partnerships and learning platforms for climate-smart agriculture.

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EU-Central America Association Agreement Promotes Sustainable Development [viewed]

29 June 2012: The EU signed a comprehensive Association Agreement with six Central American countries, namely Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

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Adaptation Fund Board Approves Over $50 Million for Seven Projects [viewed]

Adaptation Fund29 June 2012: The Adaptation Fund Board approved a grant of $10 million to the Planning Institute of Jamaica to protect livelihoods and food security through the direct access financing pathway of the Adaptation Fund.

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UN-Energy Newsletter Reviews SE4ALL Progress, Green Industry Platform, FAO's Bioenergy Tool [viewed]

UN-Energy30 June 2012: The June 2012 edition of the UN-Energy Newsletter has been published, focusing on the launch of the Green Industry Platform at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20); new UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) tools on Bioenergy and Food Security; strengthening public private partnerships (PPPs) to accelerate global electricity deployment; and global solar opportunity tool. 

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GCOS Celebrates 20th Anniversary at WMO Executive Council Meeting [viewed]

29 June 2012: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), which is dedicated to providing observational data and information that is the foundation for decision making on climate, celebrated its 20th anniversary during the 64th World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Executive Council meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

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UNFCCC Publishes GHG Synthesis and Assessment Report [viewed]

29 June 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the synthesis and assessment report (FCCC/WEB/SAI/2012) on the greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories submitted in 2012.

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Nordic Council Adopts Nidaros Declaration on Food Production and Green Growth [viewed]

28 June 2012: The Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Agriculture, Food and Forestry (MR-FJLS) has adopted the Nidaros Declaration, highlighting the role of primary food production and processing industries in green growth, and calling for increased sustainability and competitive production in the sector. 

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