Agriculture & Food Security

IRRI Highlights Impact of Climate-Induced Salt Intrusion on Rice [viewed]

July 2011: The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has released the July-September edition of its newsletter Rice Today, which includes an article on climate impacts on rice paddies in Bangladesh and the use of salt-tolerant rice varieties.

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World Bank's Biocarbon Fund and Partners Develop REDD Methodology [viewed]

World Bank14 July 2011: The World Bank's BioCarbon Fund, the Brazilian NGO Fundação Amazonas Sustentável (FAS), with the technical support of Carbon Decision International (CDI), the Institute for Conservation and the Sustainable Development of Amazonas (Idesam), and with financial support from Marriott International, have jointly developed a methodology to allow projects in the voluntary market to calculate avoided emissions by reducing deforestation either on the edge (“frontier”) of large cleared areas, like agricultural zones, or in a patchwork (“mosaic”) within standing forests.

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UNCSD Secretary-General Outlines Eight Priorities for UNCSD [viewed]

13 July 2011: Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), summarized his recent speech in Washington, DC, US, in a new post to his blog. He elaborated on eight “new and emerging challenges” that States and other stakeholders have highlighted for priority attention. The challenges include energy access, green jobs, sustainable agriculture, marine resources and financing.

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ADB Supports Biomass Waste Project for Clean Energy [viewed]

11 July 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) Board of Directors has approved a project for regional technical assistance that will assist the Greater Mekong Subregion to increase the efficient use of biomass waste in agriculture to meet the need for clean energy and food security of poor rural communities.

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Event: Emergency Ministerial Meeting on the Drought Crisis in the Horn of Africa [viewed]

Organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), at the request of the French Government, this emergency Ministerial-level meeting will look to address possible measures to address the drought crisis in the Horn of Africa, which is affecting food security and food prices in the region.  

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FAO Seminar Considers Climate Change and Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

16 July 2011: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization held a Special Information Seminar on" Climate Change and Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture: State of Knowledge, Risks and Opportunities," addressing the impacts of climate change on the conservation of genetic resources in different agricultural sectors as well as opportunities for adaptation and challenges and possible responses in integrating the issue with the international climate change agenda.

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UN Secretary-General in Finland: Sustainable Development is UN's Top Priority [viewed]

15 July 2011: During his official visit to Finland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with President Tarja Halonen and called for greater attention to sustainable development, highlighting that climate change is a growing threat to people and economies worldwide.

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AU, Action Aid International to Cooperate on Agricultural Growth [viewed]

African Union (AU)13 July 2011: The African Union (AU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Action Aid International to formalize a partnership between the two organizations in support of the AU's goal of "Integration, Development and Cooperation." The MOU aims to contribute towards achieving sustainable agricultural growth to increase food security on the continent.

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FAO Near East Regional Meeting Develops Declaration on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security [viewed]

FAOJuly 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) held its Second Forum on Climate Change in the Near East in Beirut, Lebanon, from 27-29 June 2011, with a focus on agriculture and food security.

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CCAFS Calls for Abstracts for Planet Under Pressure Conference [viewed]

July 2011: The Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security Programme (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has called for the submission of abstracts for the upcoming conference on "Planet Under Pressure 2012: New knowledge towards solutions."

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