Agriculture & Food Security

CCAFS Examines Impacts of Climate Variability on Agriculture [viewed]

CCAFS25 February 2014: In an effort to understand the impacts of annual fluctuations in rainfall and temperature and how they differ from the impacts expected from climate change, the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) program has published a working paper that describes simulations of climate change on annual and decadal variability and long-term climate change.

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CIMMYT/IPNI Fertilizer Efficiency Tool Wins Global Innovation Prize [viewed]

ipni-cimmyt20 February 2014: A decision-support fertilizer toolkit developed by the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) has won the best innovation prize within the Information and Communications Technology Solutions Category at the Bihar Innovation Forum II.

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OWG Co-Chairs Compile 19 'Focus Areas' [viewed]

owg21 February 2014: The Co-Chairs of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have assembled a list of 19 'Focus Areas' for consideration by Member States as they seek to identify SDGs and accompanying targets. In a letter accompanying the Focus Areas, released on 21 February 2014, Macharia Kamau (Kenya) and Csaba Kőrösi (Hungary) write that further action in these areas is necessary to build "prosperous, peaceful and resilient societies that also protect the planet."

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CIAT Strategy Responds to Climate Change, Land Degradation [viewed]

CIAT18 February 2014: The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) has released its 2014-2020 Strategy, which indicates its work will feed into the work of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) while embarking on a set of strategic initiatives to boost development impact.

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February 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

ebrd-worldbank-adb-gef-eib-afdbFebruary 2014: Throughout the month of February, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) undertook a number of activities and highlighted various projects in a range of countries, including: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cameroon, Djibouti, the Former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) of Macedonia, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Mauritius, Moldova, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Romania, Swaziland, Turkey and Zimbabwe. 

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OCHA Highlights Funding Needs for Crises Preparedness and Prevention [viewed]

UNOCHA14 February 2014: The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has released a report, titled 'World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2013,' which highlights major trends in humanitarian crises, discusses their underlying causes and drivers, and focuses on the actors that participate in crises prevention, response and recovery.

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CCAFS-Led CLIFF Workshop Builds Capacity of Climate Scientists [viewed]

CCAFS14 February 2014: The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has reported on a workshop for the Climate Food and Farming Network (CLIFF), which brought together eight graduate students from Argentina, Bangladesh, Colombia, India, Kenya and Uganda.

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Climate Service Adaptation Programme in Africa Launches in Tanzania and Malawi [viewed]

gfcsFebruary 2014: Tanzania and Malawi convened “kick-off” meetings to launch the Climate Services Adaptation Programme in Africa, which aims to increase resilience in disaster risk management (DRM), food security, nutrition and health, building on existing climate services in these areas at the national, local and regional levels.

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Climate Change Programme in Eastern and Southern Africa Strengthens Capacity, Builds Resilience [viewed]

COMESA-EAC-SADC4 February 2014: The COMESA-EAC-SADC (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, East African Community, and the South African Development Community) Tripartite Programme Management Units of the Programme on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Eastern and Southern Africa met to finalize its 2014 work plans and budgets and review progress for the last half of 2013.

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2014 SEED Awards Open for Applications [viewed]

Seed Awards 147011 February 2014: The SEED Initiative, which sponsors start-up social and environmental entrepreneurs from emerging economies and developing countries, has opened nominations for its 2014 Awards.

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