Agriculture & Food Security

World Bank Releases Learning Products on Adaptation, Water and Agriculture [viewed]

July 2010: The World Bank Institute has published a series of learning multimedia modules on Climate Adaptation for Water, Agriculture and Natural Resource Management, available online.

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IFPRI Releases Paper on Smallholder Farmer Participation in Carbon Markets [viewed]

July 2010: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has released a discussion paper on the potential for smallholder farmers to participate in carbon markets.

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International Potato Center Researches Use of Sweetpotato as Livestock Feed [viewed]

July 2010: The June issue of the newsletter for the International Potato Center (CIP), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), highlights ongoing research into the use of sweetpotato vines as a livestock feed supplement to increase productivity and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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EU's JRC Announces Methodology for Calculating Carbon Stock Changes Related to Biofuels Production [viewed]

9 July 2010: The EU's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has created a methodology for predicting and measuring carbon change in soils and biomass due to land use changes, particularly those related to biofuels production.

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Security Mobility Initiative Advocates Adaptation Strategy for African Pastoralists [viewed]

29 June 2010: The Security Mobility Initiative has released a report titled "Advocating for Safe Movement as a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for Pastoralists in the Horn and East Africa."

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Event: IEA Workshop on Sustainable Feedstock Supply for Bioenergy and Biofuels [viewed]

In preparation for two bioenergy reports in its Technology Roadmap series, the International Energy Agency (IEA) is holding a workshop on bioenergy and biofuels feedstocks relating specifically to biomass and land availability, international biomass trade, supply costs and sustainability-related topics. The workshop's sessions will focus, inter alia, on assessing biomass potential and identifying knowledge gaps, identifying steps necessary to ensure sustainability of supply, and furthering public-private-partnerships and international cooperation on ensuring sustainable production.  

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Event: International Seminar on the Role of Agrobiodiversity in Addressing Hunger and Climate Change [viewed]

 

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ECOSOC's High-level Segment Concludes [viewed]

2 July 2010: Beginning on 28 June, the high-level segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) concluded on 2 July 2010, in New York, US.

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International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources Opens Call for Proposals [viewed]

July 2010: The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture has opened its biennial call for proposals to access funds from the $10 million Benefit-sharing Fund. The thematic focus for this call is on ensuring sustainable food security by assisting farmers to adapt to climate change through activities related to the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources.

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African Rice Research Aims to Meet Food Security Goals and Respond to Climate Change [viewed]

21 May 2010: The Africa Rice Center has reported on new research that shows that African rice is not inherently lower yielding than Asian rice and describes the adaptability of African rice to harsh growing conditions in Africa, hence its value for developing improved varieties suited to a changing climate.

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