Agriculture & Food Security

FAO Releases Guidance on Assessing Bioenergy Impacts on Food Security [viewed]

FAO6 August 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a new publication as part of its Bioenergy and Food Security Criteria and Indicators Project (BEFSCI), as part of the FAO efforts to better understand when bioenergy has positive or negative effects on food security.

read more »

Event: Forest Day 6: Shaping the Global Agenda for Forests and Climate [viewed]

Forest Day 6 will take place on the sidelines of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC. It seeks to inform UNFCCC's global agenda and forest stakeholders on ways to move forward with agreements on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable use of forests and enhancement of carbon stock) reached at COP 17 in Durban, South Africa, to produce social and environmental benefits, good governance, long-term financing and the integration of forests into adaptation strategies on the ground. Forest Day is hosted by members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) and coordinated by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) on behalf of and in collaboration with other CPF members.  

read more »

CCAFS Project Demonstrates Positive Impacts of Climate Smart Agriculture [viewed]

26 July 2012: A pilot project carried out by the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) programme in the Vaishali district, Bihar, India, has demonstrated the potential for climate-smart techniques, including improved quality of seeds and evenly spaced planting, to more than double productivity.

read more »

CCAFS Reports on African Agricultural Carbon Projects [viewed]

23 July 2012: A new study published by the Research Program on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and EcoAgriculture Partners highlights the results of six African agricultural carbon projects. Researchers found that communities are benefiting from a range of activities related to planting and managing trees on farms.

read more »

SPREP Hosts Climate Resilience Project Workshop in Cook Islands [viewed]

Adaptation Fund6 July 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) hosted an Inception Workshop for a US$5 million dollar Climate Change Adaptation Programme, which will be implemented from 2012-2017, with the guidance of the Pa Enua or outer island communities in the Cook Islands, targeting sectors such as the water, health, agriculture and marine resources.

read more »

CIFOR Newsletter Describes Benefits of Slow REDD+ Implementation [viewed]

July 2012: The July edition of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) Newsletter underscores that, despite initial assumptions that REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable use of forests and enhancement of carbon stock) would be "big, quick and cheap," it has instead consisted of many small efforts designed and implemented by many different donors and agencies, is slow to design and implement, and is likely to be more expensive than expected.

read more »

UNFCCC Holds Expert Meeting on Loss and Damage in LAC [viewed]

UNFCCC27 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat organized a regional expert meeting to discuss the full range of approaches and tools to address the risks of loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change and the relative cost-effectiveness of these. The meeting focused on the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region, and included discussion of impacts related to extreme weather events and slow onset events.

read more »

UNFCCC Publishes Sweden's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

UNFCCC27 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of Sweden (FCCC/ARR/2011/SWE). The report highlights that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 17.3% between 1990 and 2009.

read more »

IFAD Annual Report Documents Investments in Adaptation and Gender [viewed]

July 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has released its 2012 Annual Report, which describes the achievements of its programme of work through 240 projects in 94 countries, as well as its new strategic framework for 2011-2015.

read more »

Panel on Food Security and Nutrition Release Report on Food Security and Climate Change [viewed]

FAO4 July 2012: The High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE), a panel of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), has released its third report, which focuses on food security and climate change.

read more »