Agriculture & Food Security

FAO, IFAD Publish Report on Bioenergy from Jatropha [viewed]

22 July 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have published a report titled "Jatropha: A smallholder bioenergy crop," which discusses the potential for jatropha as a bioenergy crop in semi-arid and remote areas of developing countries.

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Second US-Lower Mekong Ministerial Meeting Addresses Climate Cooperation [viewed]

22 July 2010: US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Foreign Ministers of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Viet Nam met in Hanoi, Viet Nam, on 22 July 2010, within the framework of the Lower Mekong Initiative, to address cooperation between the US and the Lower Mekong countries in areas of common concern, including climate change.

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Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group Meets [viewed]

20 July 2010: The Commonwealth's Eminent Persons Group met for the first time in London, UK, on 19-20 July 2010, to develop options for renewal and reform of the Commonwealth. The Group discussed ways in which the Commonwealth should remain fully engaged in global debates and challenges that affect its members, especially small States and developing States, such as climate change, food security and international financial liquidity.

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CGIAR's Climate Change Programme Opens Call for Methodology Proposals [viewed]

July 2010: The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Challenge Programme (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has opened a call for methodological proposals.

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WMO Commission for Agriculture Addresses Improved Climate Services [viewed]

21 July 2010: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Commission for Agricultural Meteorology held its 15th session from 15-21 July 2010, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

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IFAD President Highlights Challenges of Food Security and Climate Change at East Forum [viewed]

8 July 2010: The President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo Nwanze, underscored the need to address climate change and food security by focusing on sustainably intensifying agriculture during a speech at the East Forum, which took place in Rome, Italy, on 8 July 2010.

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IRRI Releases July-September Edition of Rice Today [viewed]

July 2010: The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has released the July-September edition of Rice Today, which includes an article on the impacts of variable climate on rice crops in California.

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IFPRI Releases Paper on Migration in Response to Weather-related Variability [viewed]

July 2010: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a discussion paper titled "Migratory responses to agricultural risk in Northern Nigeria," which examines the extent to which Northern Nigerian households migrate in response to weather-related variability and shocks.

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World Bank Publishes Report on Economic Evaluation of Adaptation Projects [viewed]

July 2010: The World Bank has published a new report within its Development and Climate Change series titled "Economic Evaluation of Climate Change Adaptation Projects: Approaches for the Agricultural Sector and Beyond."

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ILRI Releases Film on Livestock Insurance Project in Kenya [viewed]

14 July 2010: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has released a 12-minute film describing the experiences of a pilot project to provide livestock insurance to pastoral farmers in the Marsabit District of Kenya.

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