Agriculture & Food Security

Germany Commits Funding to FAO for Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

17 December 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN announced Germany's commitment of almost $6 million for climate-smart agriculture, sustainable livelihoods and food and nutrition security.

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FAO Near East Conference Discusses Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation [viewed]

8 December 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN's (FAO) Regional Conference for the Near East held its 30th session in Khartoum, Sudan, from 4-8 December 2010.

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CGIAR Launches Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security [viewed]

5 December 2010: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) officially launched its initiative on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) on 5 December 2010, during the Cancun Climate Change Conference.

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International Center for Tropical Agriculture Releases "Two Degrees Up" Videos [viewed]

December 2010: The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) has developed a series of videos titled "Two Degrees Up," highlighting the potential impact of two degree warming on agriculture in Colombia and Ghana.

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Conclusions of High-level Round Table on ITPGR Available Online [viewed]

December 2010: The moderator's summary of the outcomes of the High-level Round Table on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), which convened on 7 December 2010, in Rome, Italy, has been made available online.

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CIAT Formalizes Climate Change and Biodiversity Partnership in Colombia [viewed]

December 2010: The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) has formalized a framework agreement with the Colombian Corporation of Agricultural Research (Corpoica) and the Colombian Ministry of Agriculture to find solutions to help farmers confront climate change and assist in the development of the Colombian Orinoquia and Altillanura.

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IFPRI Releases Brief on Food Security and Climate Change [viewed]

December 2010: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released an issue brief on "Food Security, Farming and Climate Change to 2050: scenarios, results, policy options," which highlights results from a recent IFPRI study on risks and opportunities for farmers according to a variety of climate and food security scenarios.

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Event: Workshop on Development of Agricultural Systems and Climate Smart Agriculture in Developing Countries [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Challenge Programe of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and other academic and international organizations. The meeting will discuss challenges and opportunities for more efficient agriculture in the long term, contributing to thinking beyond Cancun and The Hague. It will also explore synergies between adaptation, mitigation and biodiversity to respond to competing pressures on land and water from agriculture, forests and other ecosystems, growing population and urban expansion, as well as energy needs.  

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Event: Workshop on the FAO Climate Impacts Assessment Toolbox [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will host this meeting, which will feature presentations of the prototype and components of the climate impact assessment toolbox, and will include discussions with national partners on future implementation of the toolbox.  

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Event: New Directions for Smallholder Agriculture [viewed]

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is organizing an international conference on "New Directions for Smallholder Agriculture." Papers presented at the conference will focus on regional diversities and the technical, financial and institutional environments that will determine their future. Participants will discuss how smallholders will adapt to accommodate a changing global environment. Participation is by invitation.  

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