Agriculture & Food Security

FAO Seminar Considers Climate Change and Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

16 July 2011: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization held a Special Information Seminar on" Climate Change and Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture: State of Knowledge, Risks and Opportunities," addressing the impacts of climate change on the conservation of genetic resources in different agricultural sectors as well as opportunities for adaptation and challenges and possible responses in integrating the issue with the international climate change agenda.

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UN Secretary-General in Finland: Sustainable Development is UN's Top Priority [viewed]

15 July 2011: During his official visit to Finland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with President Tarja Halonen and called for greater attention to sustainable development, highlighting that climate change is a growing threat to people and economies worldwide.

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AU, Action Aid International to Cooperate on Agricultural Growth [viewed]

African Union (AU)13 July 2011: The African Union (AU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Action Aid International to formalize a partnership between the two organizations in support of the AU's goal of "Integration, Development and Cooperation." The MOU aims to contribute towards achieving sustainable agricultural growth to increase food security on the continent.

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FAO Near East Regional Meeting Develops Declaration on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security [viewed]

FAOJuly 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) held its Second Forum on Climate Change in the Near East in Beirut, Lebanon, from 27-29 June 2011, with a focus on agriculture and food security.

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CCAFS Calls for Abstracts for Planet Under Pressure Conference [viewed]

July 2011: The Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security Programme (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has called for the submission of abstracts for the upcoming conference on "Planet Under Pressure 2012: New knowledge towards solutions."

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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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