Agriculture & Food Security

Event: International Seminar on Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change [viewed]

The Inter-American Institute for Agricultural Cooperation (IICA) and the Government of Mexico will cohost an international seminar on adapting agriculture to climate change. IICA is a specialized affiliate of the Organization of American States (OAS) based in San José, Costa Rica. The Seminar will serve as the first event and formal launch of IICA's new Intergovernmental Programme for Cooperation on Climate Change - Opportunities and Challenges in Agriculture (PRICA-ADO) that brings together Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama to tackle adaptation issues affecting the subregion's agricultural sector.  

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Forest Partnership Calls for Better Fire Management Near Forests [viewed]

9 September 2011: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), which consists of 14 international organizations and secretariats, has called on countries to pay greater attention to managing fires on land bordering forests.

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Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum Releases Consensus Report [viewed]

6 September 2011: The Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum has released a consensus report for the season of September to December 2011, which predicts a possible return to normal or above normal rain conditions in southern Somalia, but a risk of below normal rains for other areas, including northern Somalia.

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UN/ISDR Head Discusses Climate Change and Migration [viewed]

8 September 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released an interview with Margareta Wahlström, Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, carried out by Eurasylum, on the latest evidence on climate migration.

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UNU and Ghana Collaborate on Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Change [viewed]

8 September 2011: The UN University (UNU) has signed an agreement with partner institutions in Ghana on an initiative on “Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Semi-Arid Africa: An Integrated Approach.” This initiative is part of the Climate and Ecosystem Change Adaptation and Resilience Research (CECAR) Africa project, which focuses on the vulnerability of terrestrial ecosystem in developing countries to climate change in Africa.

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WTO Director-General Speaks on Multilateral Economic System of the Future [viewed]

6 September 2011: In a speech on the multilateral trading system of the future, World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Pascal Lamy highlighted that the boundaries between climate change and trade policies are increasingly blurred.

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IDB to Support Establishment of Voluntary Carbon Market in Colombia [viewed]

IDB5 September 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$10.5 million project to establish a system of Verified Emissions Reductions (VERs) in Colombia, with the aim of cutting over half a million tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over four years through a voluntary trading system.

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UNCCD News Focuses on Food Security and a Brown Revolution [viewed]

September 2011: The lastest issue of "UNCCD News," a newsletter published by the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), focuses on food security and efforts that have been undertaken to mitigate the effects of food crisis through sustainable land management.

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Event: African Ministerial Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

This conference aims to bring together the African Ministers for Agriculture under the theme "Climate-Smart Agriculture: A Call to Action," to share perspectives, explore challenges and take advantage of new opportunities for climate-smart agriculture in Africa.  

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Report by UNESCO and Partners Reviews Challenges in Managing Iraq's Marshlands [viewed]

25 August 2011: According to a newly released report by the UN Integrated Water Task Force, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), within the context of the first four-year UN Development Assistance Framework for Iraq, marshlands in Iraq must be managed by balancing the various benefits derived from their ecosystems.

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