Agriculture & Food Security

Event: Natural Resources Management, Food Security and Extension Strategies: Contributions to the Design of Policies for Climate Change Adaptation in Latin America [viewed]

This workshop aims to exchange experiences between projects in Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, El Salvador and Honduras. It will include representatives from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Participants will discuss: national policies for natural resource management that help to create strategies for climate change adaptation; links between natural resource management, risk and disaster management and adaptation; and synergies between different countries.  

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UNECE Co-organizes Workshop on Transboundary Water Cooperation [viewed]

10 February 2011: Hungary's Ministry of Rural Development, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and the International Water Assessment Centre (IWAC) organized a workshop on transboundary water cooperation in Central and Western Europe, in Budapest, Hungary, from 8-10 February 2011.

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European Commission Launches Sustainable Growth Initiative [viewed]

26 January 2011: The European Commission has launched "A resource-efficient Europe: Flagship initiative under the Europe 2020 Strategy," which set out its views on a strategic framework towards a more sustainable use of natural resources and the shift towards resource-efficient, low-carbon growth in Europe.

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OECD Brochure Highlights Work on Environment and Green Growth [viewed]

7 February 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a brochure titled “OECD Work on Environment,” which highlights past and upcoming work on a range of environmental issues, as well as key OECD publications addressing them.

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Event: Bonn 2011 Conference: The Water Energy and Food Security Nexus – Solutions for the Green Economy [viewed]

The theme for this conference is "The Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus: Solutions for the Green Economy." This high-level, invitation-only conference is organized by the German Federal Government in collaboration with the World Economic Forum (WEF), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). It will seek to contribute to the run-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), scheduled for June 2012. The background paper for the conference, "Understanding the Nexus," is now available at: http://www.water-energy-food.org/en/bonn_2011_process/show__50_understanding_the_nexus.html  

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Guest Article #54: A Missing Link in Climate Change Policy [viewed]

Later this month, the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change holds its first meeting, bringing together top policy-connected scientists from around the world. Over its ten-month tenure, the international Commission will come up with specific policies and actions needed to secure food for all in an increasingly uncertain climate.

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UNCTAD Holds Third Multi-year Meeting on Investment for Development [viewed]

7 February 2011: The third Multi-year meeting on investment for development, organized by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), was held from 2-4 February 2011, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

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COFI 29 Considers Impacts of Climate Change on Fisheries and Aquaculture [viewed]

4 February 2011: The 29th session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) of the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), took place at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, from 31 January- 4 February 2011, bringing together over 640 participants who considered, among other agenda items, fisheries and aquaculture in our changing climate.

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CCAFS Releases Draft Report on Initial Site Selection for Research [viewed]

4 February 2011: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Research Programme on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has released a draft report titled "Initial Sites in the CCAFS Regions: East Africa, West Africa and Indo-Gangetic Plains," which selects field sites in areas that are becoming drier and wetter for continued research on climate threats to agriculture and food security.

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CIAT Releases Video Diary on Importance of Wild Crop Diversity [viewed]

3 February 2011: In a video diary taken at Kew Gardens in London, UK, Andy Jarvis, senior scientist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), stressed the importance of conserving wild relatives of agricultural species.

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