Agriculture & Food Security

Romania Designates Two Ramsar Sites [viewed]

20 January 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Romania has designated two new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing its total number of Ramsar sites to eight.

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Bioversity International, CIAT Release Online Reference for Genetic Resources in Guatemala [viewed]

January 2011: Bioversity International has developed and released a new online resource to facilitate the conservation and use of wild plant species in Guatemala that are related to cultivated crops. The conservation of crop wild relatives is important due to their role in breeding improved crop varieties that are hardier, more productive, more nutritious, more disease and drought resistant, and better adapted to climate change stresses.

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SPREP Issues First Fact Sheet on Building MEA Capacity in PICs [viewed]

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)January 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has issued the first fact sheet in a series titled "Building MEA Capacity for Pacific Island Countries." The document is part of an EU project on “Capacity Building Related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Countries”.

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IFPRI Reviews Research That Has Provided Insights on Food Security and Climate Change [viewed]

January 2012: Over recent years, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has published a series of highly cited reports on the potential effects of climate change on vulnerable populations, and opportunities for agriculture to contribute to mitigating climate change.

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New WFP Executive Director Appointed [viewed]

17 January 2012: Ertharin Cousin (US) has been appointed Executive Director of the UN (WFP), following confirmation by the office of the UN Secretary-General. She is to take office in April 2012.

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FAO, EU Fund Climate-Smart Agriculture in Africa and South-east Asia [viewed]

16 January 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the European Commission have launched a €5.3 million, three-year project in Malawi, Viet Nam and Zambia to identify challenges and opportunities for climate-smart agriculture and produce strategic plans for each country.

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FAO Identifies Opportunities for Climate-smart Agriculture Investments in Africa [viewed]

FAO15 January 2012: Amid the challenge of increasing food production in Africa to meet demand for a growing population and increasing impacts of climate change on food security, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report that assesses the potential for climate-smart investments of the National Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plans (NAFSIPs) of 14 African countries.

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UN Secretary-General, UNGA President Call for G77 Leadership to Address Global Challenges [viewed]

11 January 2012: In his remarks at the Group of 77 chairmanship handover ceremony in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the importance of the leadership of the G77 in ensuring that "concrete actionable measures" are adopted at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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FAO Guidebook Highlights Carbon Finance Options for Smallholder Farmers [viewed]

FAO10 January 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published a guidebook titled "Climate Change Mitigation Finance for Smallholder Agriculture - A guide book to harvesting soil carbon sequestration benefits," which underscores the role of agriculture in global climate change mitigation efforts and describes approaches for participating in carbon financing opportunities.

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New FAO Director-General Takes Office [viewed]

FAO3 January 2012: Committing to a renewed focus on food security, José Graziano da Silva, former Assistant Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and lead designer of Brazil's "zero-hunger" programme, has taken office as FAO Director-General.

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