Agriculture & Food Security

IFAD to Finance Livestock Development in Syria [viewed]

18 February 2011: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will provide loans and grants worth US$28 million to support a US$73 million project to reduce poverty in dry areas of the Syrian Arab Republic.

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UNEP Releases Green Economy Report [viewed]

21 February 2011: The UN Enviroment Programme (UNEP) has released a report on the green economy, titled "Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication," as a key contribution of UNEP to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio 2012).

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UN Stresses Need for Humanitarian Actions to Improve Preparedness and Resilience [viewed]

17 February 2011: Valerie Amos, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, called for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and recovery to be "integrated into humanitarian action to improve preparedness and enhance resilience" of populations. Amos was speaking at a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 17 February 2011.

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FAO Releases Report on Integrated Food-Energy Systems [viewed]

17 February 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN has released a new report titled "Making Integrated Food-Energy Systems (IFES) Work for People and Climate: An Overview."

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US, Ukraine Discuss Climate and Energy Cooperation [viewed]

15 February 2011: US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko convened the third session of the US-Ukraine Strategic Partnership Commission on 15 February 2011, in Washington, DC, US.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Discusses Security and Climate Change [viewed]

15 February 2011: In an address to the Congress of Deputies of Spain at the Superior Centre of National Defence Studies in Madrid, Spain, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres noted that the link between security concerns and climate change has gained importance over the past few years.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses the Challenges of Sustainable Development and Equality [viewed]

15 February 2011: Addressing students and faculty at the University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon listed the "sweeping changes in the global landscape," highlighting "disasters striking with greater force" and "the impacts of climate change growing ever clearer."

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Norway, Germany Support FAO Work on Mitigation in Agriculture [viewed]

15 February 2011: The Governments of Norway and Germany have committed a total of US$5 million to support the Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture (MICCA) programme of the the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

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IEA Bioenergy Releases Report on Bioenergy and Land Use Change [viewed]

January 2011: International Energy Agency's (IEA) Bioenergy Task has published a report for policy makers titled “Bioenergy, Land Use Change and Climate Change Mitigation,” which addresses how the climate change mitigation from the use of bioenergy can be influenced by greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions arising from land-use change.

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Event: Quantifying and Managing Land Use Impacts of Bioenergy [viewed]

Jointly organized by IEA Bioenergy and the Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory (CBTE), this workshop aims discuss land use change impacts of bioenergy production, and provide strategies to mitigate them. Specifically, it will look at methods for quantifying direct and indirect land use change, recognizing further land use impacts of bioenergy such as in greenhouse gas accounting and renewables programs, and finally how to minimize the lands use impacts of bioenergy. Expressions of interest in participation should be sent by 15 March 2011. The deadline for submission of paper abstracts is 30 May 2011.  

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