Agriculture & Food Security

UN Special Rapporteur Calls for International Food Assistance to the Sahel [viewed]

24 January 2012: The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Olivier De Schutter has warned that drought, poor harvests and rising food prices pose an imminent threat to the countries of the Sahel region, and he called for an immediate international response.

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IFAD Supports Malawi's Efforts to Improve Food Security [viewed]

24 January 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed a loan worth US$22.85 million and a grant for US$22.85 to Malawi to address food security and poverty in six rural districts.

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IFAD Supports Chinese Smallholder Farmers in Preparing for Climate Change [viewed]

20 January 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has announced a US$47 million loan to China to enhance the livelihoods of rural men and women through the Guangxi Integrated Agricultural Development Project.

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Romania Designates Two Ramsar Sites [viewed]

20 January 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Romania has designated two new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing its total number of Ramsar sites to eight.

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Bioversity International, CIAT Release Online Reference for Genetic Resources in Guatemala [viewed]

January 2011: Bioversity International has developed and released a new online resource to facilitate the conservation and use of wild plant species in Guatemala that are related to cultivated crops. The conservation of crop wild relatives is important due to their role in breeding improved crop varieties that are hardier, more productive, more nutritious, more disease and drought resistant, and better adapted to climate change stresses.

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SPREP Issues First Fact Sheet on Building MEA Capacity in PICs [viewed]

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)January 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has issued the first fact sheet in a series titled "Building MEA Capacity for Pacific Island Countries." The document is part of an EU project on “Capacity Building Related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Countries”.

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IFPRI Reviews Research That Has Provided Insights on Food Security and Climate Change [viewed]

January 2012: Over recent years, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has published a series of highly cited reports on the potential effects of climate change on vulnerable populations, and opportunities for agriculture to contribute to mitigating climate change.

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New WFP Executive Director Appointed [viewed]

17 January 2012: Ertharin Cousin (US) has been appointed Executive Director of the UN (WFP), following confirmation by the office of the UN Secretary-General. She is to take office in April 2012.

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FAO, EU Fund Climate-Smart Agriculture in Africa and South-east Asia [viewed]

16 January 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the European Commission have launched a €5.3 million, three-year project in Malawi, Viet Nam and Zambia to identify challenges and opportunities for climate-smart agriculture and produce strategic plans for each country.

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FAO Identifies Opportunities for Climate-smart Agriculture Investments in Africa [viewed]

FAO15 January 2012: Amid the challenge of increasing food production in Africa to meet demand for a growing population and increasing impacts of climate change on food security, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report that assesses the potential for climate-smart investments of the National Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plans (NAFSIPs) of 14 African countries.

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