Agriculture & Food Security

High-Level Side Event on Climate Smart Agriculture Emphasizes Early Action Initiatives [viewed]

7 December 2011: The High-Level Side Event on Climate Smart Agriculture, held on the margins of the Durban Climate Change Conference, heard a call to action from many of the dignitaries present who highlighted the need to support agriculture that addresses not only food security challenges but also climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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FAO Council Adopts Second Global Plan of Action for PGRFA [viewed]

FAO1 December 2011: The Second Global Plan of Action for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA) was adopted by the Council of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), as a new global framework for the conservation and sustainable use of plant diversity as a key element in fighting poverty and achieving increased food security, in the face of climate change.

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UNGA Adopts Resolution on Sustainable Fisheries [viewed]

6 December 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted a resolution on sustainable fisheries, which expresses concern over the current and projected negative impacts of climate change on the world's food security. The resolution ( A/66/L.22), adopted under the agenda item on Oceans and the law of the sea, underlines the urgent need for action in efforts to sustainably manage oceans and marine ecosystems.

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UNEP and Partners Release Report on Climate Change, Migration and Conflict in the Sahel [viewed]

6 December 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the United Nations University (UNU) and the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS), has released a report titled “Livelihood Security: Climate Change, Migration and Conflict in the Sahel.” The project aimed to analyze the historical climate trends in the region, identify “hotspots” and determine the implications of climate change on natural resource-led livelihoods in the Sahel.

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Agricultural Organizations Appeal to COP 17 Negotiators to Address Agriculture [viewed]

5 December 2011: Calling on climate negotiators to include agriculture in the text of the climate agreement, 16 leading agriculture organizations made an appeal through a jointly endorsed letter to the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) during the Durban Climate Change Conference. The appeal to COP 17 was discussed at Agriculture and Rural Development Day, held on 3 December 2011, during which more than 500 participants addressed priorities for meeting food security challenges while supporting climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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WFP Stresses Seven Facts on Climate Change and Hunger [viewed]

5 December 2011: On the sidelines of the Durban Climate Change Conference, the World Food Programme (WFP) issued a press release underscoring seven facts on climate change and hunger.

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IFAD President Underlines Links Between Food Security and Climate Change [viewed]

2 December 2011: The President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo Nwanze, called climate change and food security two of humanity's greatest challenges in the 21st century.

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PROFOR Launches Updated Book on Managing Southern African Woodlands [viewed]

1 December 2011: The World Bank's Programme on Forests (PROFOR) has launched an updated version of its study on the miombo woodlands of southern Africa. The original study explored policies, incentives and options for the rural poor. The updated study revisits this situation in the context of a changing climate, growing food insecurity and increasing demand for woodfuel and charcoal.

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CIFOR November Newsletter Highlights Preparations for Forest Day 5 [viewed]

November 2011: Outlining many of activities that the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) will be engaged in during UNFCCC COP 17, the CIFOR November Newsletter presents a series of blogs and interviews on opportunities for REDD+ during the Durban Climate Change Conference.

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ICRAF Releases Book on People, Forests and Climate [viewed]

1 December 2011: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has launched a book titled “How trees and people can co-adapt to climate change: Reducing vulnerability in multifunctional landscapes.”

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