Agriculture & Food Security

CCAFS Reports Examine Accessibility of Climate Finance for Smallholder Farmers [viewed]

2 March 2012: The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has released two reports that describe the obstacles faced by smallholder farmers in participating in climate change mitigation activities, and the finance mechanisms that may be available to engage these farmers.

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Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum Issues Rainfall Warning [viewed]

WMO29 February 2012: The 30th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 30) concluded with a warning that the Greater Horn of Africa, parts of which have suffered badly from drought in recent years, could suffer below normal rainfall during the March-May rainy season. 

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UNFCCC Releases GHG Inventory Review for Romania [viewed]

UNFCCC27 February 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the individual review of the annual submission of Romania submitted in 2011 (FCCC/ARR/2011/ROU).

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CIFOR Newsletter Highlights Land Grabs, Forest Carbon Co-benefits and Prospects for Rio+20 [viewed]

28 February 2012: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released the February issue of its newsletter, which summarizes recent CIFOR publications and blog postings on biodiversity, sustainable development and climate change in the context CIFOR's activities. 

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Commission on Status of Women Focuses on Empowerment of Rural Women and Role in Sustainable Development [viewed]

CSW5627 February 2012: The 56th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) opened on 27 February, focusing on the theme of empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, and sustainable development.

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UNEP Global Environmental Alert Service Bulletin Focuses on Lake Urmia, Iran [viewed]

UNEP27 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Environmental Alert Service (GEAS) has released the February edition of its bulletin, which focuses on Lake Urmia, a hypersaline lake in Iran. The bulletin was produced under the theme of climate change, resource efficiency, ecosystem management, and environmental governance, and focuses on the drying of Lake Urmia and its environmental consequences.  

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IICA Symposium Reviews Agriculture Insurance's Role in Mitigating Climate Risks [viewed]

17 February 2012: The Inter-American Institute for Agricultural Cooperation (IICA) convened a symposium to discuss the current state of agriculture insurance schemes and products in the Americas, as well as their role within a broader risk management framework to address the effects of climate change.

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EU, EEA Reports Call for Addressing Soil Degradation [viewed]

EU13 February 2012: The European Commission and the European Energy Agency (EEA) have released two reports on soil degradation, titled "Implementation of the Soil Thematic Strategy and Ongoing Activities" and "The State of Soil in Europe," which underscore threats to soil and actions taken by the EU to address those challenges.

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UN-Backed Global Partnership for Oceans Launched [viewed]

UN-Backed Global Partnership for Oceans Launched (image courtesy of the Global Partnership for Oceans)24 February 2012: The Global Partnership for Oceans, a coalition of governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private interests, has been launched to address the challenges to oceans management and governance, including over-fishing, marine degradation and habitat loss.

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Saudi Fund for Development Supports IFAD's Rural Development Projects [viewed]

24 February 2012: Responding to the food and nutrition crises in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, and continued impacts of climate change, the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) and the Arab Bank for Economic Development of Africa (BADEA) met with the International Fund For Agricultural Development (IFAD) to enhance collaboration on rural development in fragile States.

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