Agriculture & Food Security

CGIAR's System-wide Genetic Resources Programme Calls for Contributions to Crop Genebank Knowlege Base [viewed]

July 2011: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has released an online resource, the Crop Genebank Knowledge Base (CGKB), for genebank managers and conservationists to provide an access point for crop-specific knowledge, practices for germplasm management, and a collection of publications and training materials.

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Bioversity International Launches Agrobiodiversity Project to Combat Climate Change [viewed]

June 2011: Bioversity International has launched a project titled "Reinforcing the resilience of poor rural communities in the face of food insecurity, poverty and climate change," which works  with partners in India, Nepal and Bolivia.

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FAO, WFP and Oxfam Issue Statement on Drought in Horn of Africa [viewed]

8 July 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has issued a joint statement with the World Food Programme (WFP) and Oxfam calling for humanitarian and food assistance to build food security and resiliency in the Horn of Africa, and noting the failure of the short rains in late 2010 and negative trends that threaten the long rainy season in 2011.

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UN MDG Report Highlights Progress Despite the Financial, Food and Energy Crises [viewed]

7 July 2011: The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report 2011 finds that, despite setbacks from recent economic, food and energy crises, major progress towards the MDGs has been achieved. However, it indicates that progress has been unequal and the most vulnerable are left behind, noting disparities based on sex, age, disability and ethnicity, and between urban and rural areas.

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International Potato Center Releases Report Highlighting Biodiversity and Climate Priorities [viewed]

July 2011: The International Potato Center's (CIP) Annual Report presents a strategy for enhancing impacts and case studies from priority regions and issues. 

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CGIAR Launches Programme to Improve Maize Productivity [viewed]

6 July 2011: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has announced a US$170 million global alliance and research programme to double the productivity of maize farms and increase their resilience to climate change.

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CIF Projects Focus on Climate Resilience and Forests [viewed]

1 July 2011: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) approved US$444 million in grants and near-zero-interest loans to support five nation-wide strategic programmes for climate resilience in Cambodia, Mozambique, Nepal, St. Lucia, and Zambia, as well as US$90 million in grants for sustainable forest management (SFM) and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) initiatives in Burkina Faso and Congo DRC.

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World Bank Institute Newsletter Highlights e-Courses on Carbon Finance [viewed]

World Bank29 June 2011: The June edition of the World Bank Institute's (WBI) Climate Change Practice e-Bulletin highlights the launch of e-learning courses on topics including carbon finance, low carbon development, energy efficiency, and agriculture, which will be offered via the new WBI e-Institute commencing in July 2011.

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Event: Forests Indonesia: Alternative Futures to Meet Demands for Food, Fibre, Fuel and REDD+ [viewed]

This event will provide a platform for leaders of government, parliament, the international and national business community, civil society and the research and development sector to discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by Indonesia in the sustainable use of its forests. It will focus on a series of forums under two themes: trade and investment: implications for forests; and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) in transition to a low-carbon future.  

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Event: Forest Day 5 [viewed]

Forest Day 5 will take place in Durban, South Africa, on 4 December 2011, on the sidelines of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC. The Day will seek to inform the UNFCCC global agenda and forest stakeholders on ways to implement an international REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) funding mechanism that produces social and environmental benefits, above and beyond avoided emissions. The event will have a particular focus on Africa, looking at the tropical forests of the Congo Basin and elsewhere, and the continent's wide expanses of dry forest areas.  

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