Agriculture & Food Security

African Countries Address Methyl Bromide Phase-Out Under the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

15 April 2011: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) OzonAction Compliance Assistance Programme convened an African Regional meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, from 13-15 April 2011. The meeting aimed to assess the status of parties' progress towards meeting the January 2015 deadline of methyl-bromide phase-out.

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Researchers Discuss Wheat Rust Concerns, Links to Climate Change [viewed]

20 April 2011: Researchers from 31 countries meeting at an international symposium raised concerns about the increased vulnerability of wheat production in many countries to new varieties of stem rust, which could lead to epidemics threatening regional food security and rural livelihoods, as well as further increases in global food prices.

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World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings Highlight Food Security Threat and Support Green Climate Fund [viewed]

16 April 2011: The Development Committee, which advises the Board of Governors of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on development issues, met on 16 April 2011. It cautioned that economic overheating in some sectors, especially food and energy, is resulting in price pressures and volatility, putting developing countries and especially their most vulnerable populations at risk.

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ASB and IISD Develop Platform for South-South Exchange on REDD+ [viewed]

April 2011: The Alternatives to Slash and Burn Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins at the World Agroforestry Centre (ASB-ICRAF) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) have developed a platform for building capacity for REDD+(reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) negotiators and stakeholders in Africa and Asia.

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AfDB, GEF Discuss Project Portfolio [viewed]

15 April 2011: The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) held a two-day strategy meeting to discuss new programming opportunities in Africa, including programmatic approaches to the challenges of the Lake Chad Basin.

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African Experts Discuss Action on Climate Change and Health [viewed]

17 April 2011: On the eve of the Fifth Conference of African Ministers of Health (CAMH5), a group of experts from African Union (AU) members States met to identify the major effects of climate change on health in Africa and to discuss actions to mitigate its impact.

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Alpine Convention Secretariat Publishes Study on Environmental Law [viewed]

April 2011: The Secretariat of the Alpine Convention has published a legal study titled “Environmental Protection and Mountains: Is environmental law adapted to the challenges faced by mountain areas? Lessons from European ranges.”

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Event: Integrating Climate Change Issues into National Forest Programmes [viewed]

This meeting will be hosted by the Government of Zambia and supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The workshop is part of the FAO and National Forest Programme-Facility joint effort to assist countries to address emerging policy issues related to forests and climate change through integrating climate change considerations into national forest programmes.  

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EU Publishes Text of Trade Agreement with Colombia and Peru [viewed]

13 April 2011: The EU has published the text of its trade agreement with Colombia and Peru, which includes commitments to effectively implement international conventions on environmental protection.

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International Potato Center Describes Success of Improved Potato Varieties [viewed]

13 April 2011: The International Potato Center (CIP) has released a news release that outlines improved food security due in part to late blight resistant potato varieties, Pallay Poncho and Puka Lliclla, developed by CIP.

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