Agriculture & Food Security

IFAD Funds Sri Lanka Project on Irrigation Practices [viewed]

30 January 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has signed a loan with the Government of Sri Lanka to support the Iranamadu Irrigation Development Project.

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World Bank Methodology for Soil Carbon Sequestration Approved [viewed]

30 January 2012: An agroforestry project financed by the World Bank's BioCarbon Fund in western Kenya presented a methodology for soil carbon sequestration through sustainable agricultural land management, which was approved by the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).

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Guest Article #72: Placing Small Scale Adaptation Solutions within the Climate Change Discourse in Africa [viewed]

The changing climate is no longer an abstract issue, and the realities of its impacts are being felt in the African continent. Climate change is affecting millions of people, and thwarting their efforts to escape poverty. Against this harsh reality, it will be imperative to speed up the integration of climate risk considerations into policy, in order to ensure that development proceeds along pathways that are resilient to climate change.

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WEF Addresses Energy Poverty, Rio+20 [viewed]

30 January 2012: The World Economic Forum (WEF) held its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, from 25-29 January 2012, gathering industry, business, government and other world leaders to discuss current issues. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon participated in two panels, on ending energy poverty and on the perspectives for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), warning “we cannot build a green economy on the backs of the poorest and most vulnerable people.”

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Third Intergovernmental Review Meeting on the GPA Adopts Manila Declaration [viewed]

27 January 2012: The Third Intergovernmental Review (IGR-3) of the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities (GPA) concluded with the adoption of the Manila Declaration on Furthering the Implementation of the GPA, and of the GPA's Programme of Work 2012-1016. These outcomes will be forwarded for consideration and adoption by the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Governing Council at its 12th Special Session.

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GLOC Forwards Recommendations to IGR-3 [viewed]

24 January 2012: The Global Conference on Land-Ocean Connections (GLOC) took place immediately prior to the Third Intergovernmental Review (IGR-3) on the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities (GPA), in order to provide recommendations to the IGR-3.

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UNFCCC Launches Database of Private Sector-Led Adaptation Activities [viewed]

26 January 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has launched the Adaptation Private Sector Initiative database, a new online tool that showcases how businesses and communities can adapt to the inevitable effects of climate change. It features good practices and profitable climate change adaptation activities being undertaken by private companies (sometimes in partnership with NGOs or the public sector) from a wide range of regions and sectors.

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Inter-agency Report Focuses on the Green Economy in Marine Sectors [viewed]

25 January 2012: An inter-agency report, titled "Green Economy in a Blue World," concludes that the ecological health and economic productivity of marine and coastal ecosystems can be enhanced from well-managed marine sectors.

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UN Secretary-General Outlines "The Future We Want" [viewed]

25 January 2012: In a statement titled, “The Future We Want” delivered at the UN General Assembly (UNGA), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlined his plans for action over the next five years. He underscored sustainable development as first in his list of “five generational opportunities to creatively deliver on our core mission." His vision for advancing on sustainable development includes making progress on climate change, sustainable energy, and empowerment of women.

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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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