Agriculture & Food Security

UNDP Administrator Highlights Radical Changes in Development Landscape [viewed]

13 June 2011: Addressing the Annual Meeting of the Executive Board of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), which is being held from 6-17 June 2011, in New York, US, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark identified long-term trends, such as climate change and human impact on the world's natural resources, as responsible for radically changing the development landscape and affecting the way multilateral organizations operate.

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MDGs Follow-up Meeting Calls for Equity-Based Approaches [viewed]

3 June 2011: The Government of Japan hosted a meeting on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Follow-up, to build upon the outcome of the UN high-level plenary meeting on the MDGs held in September 2010, and propose effective approaches to accelerate MDG progress. The meeting also discussed cross-cutting issues critical for the acceleration of MDGs, including climate change, food security and human security.

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Food Security Experts Invite Input on Food Security and Climate Change Study [viewed]

13 June 2011: The High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has been requested to conduct a study on climate change to inform the policy decisions of CFS members, and is inviting input on the proposed scope of the study.

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FAO Launches "Save and Grow" Farming Model [viewed]

13 June 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has launched a new initiative for sustainable crop production intensification, alongside a book outlining the approach, titled "Save and Grow."

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FAO to Scale-up Acacia Project to Combat Climate Change and Desertification [viewed]

10 June 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has identified the Acacia pilot project, which has proven successful in combating desertification, for wider roll out.

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World Bank, GEF and Others Partner to Improve Remote Sensing Observation in the Middle East [viewed]

9 June 2011: The World Bank has approved US$4.59 million in Global Environment Facility (GEF) grants, and partnered with NASA and USAID, to improve water resource and agricultural management in Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco, Lebanon and the Arab Water Council.

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IDB, GEF, Nature Conservancy and FEMSA Create US$27 Million Water Fund [viewed]

9 June 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Nature Conservancy and the FEMSA Foundation have launched a US$27 million dollar initiative to create water funds, private-public partnerships to protect critical watersheds in Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Mexico and other countries.

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ICRISAT Develops Climate-Resilient Pearl Millet Hybrids [viewed]

8 June 2011: The International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has boosted the production of pearl millet yield through three phases of hybrid development, thereby contributing to improved food and nutritional security of the rural poor.

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FAO Releases Survey on Water Scarcity and Food Production [viewed]

9 June 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report titled "Climate Change, Water and Food Security," which is a survey of existing scientific knowledge on the anticipated consequences of climate change for water use in agriculture. The report highlights the likelihood of increased water scarcity in the Mediterranean region, as well as semi-arid areas of the Americas, Australia, and Southern Africa.

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Asia-EU Foreign Ministers Discuss Climate, Energy and Rio+20 [viewed]

7 June 2011: The tenth Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Foreign Ministers' Meeting held in Gödöllő, Hungary, from 6-7 June 2011, under the theme 
"Working together on non-traditional security challenges," addressed climate change, energy and Rio+20, among other agenda items.

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