Agriculture & Food Security

Phnom Penh Declaration on Economic Cooperation Strategy Adopted [viewed]

17 November 2010: The Heads of Government of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam, meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on 17 November 2010, for the fourth Summit of the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS), adopted a declaration addressing agricultural, energy and environmental cooperation, among other items.

read more »

FAO Releases Case Studies of Woodfuels in Brazil, Mexico and India [viewed]

November 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a Forests and Climate Change Working Paper titled "Woodfuels and climate change mitigation: Case studies from Brazil, India and Mexico."

read more »

UNEP Releases Atlas on Africa's Water Resources [viewed]

25 November 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the "New Africa Water Atlas," which shows how the challenges of water scarcity in Africa are compounded by high population growth, socioeconomic and climate change impacts and, in some cases, policy choices.

read more »

FAO Releases Survey on National Actions to Safeguard Animal Genetic Diversity [viewed]

24 November 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released the Results of Informal Surveys on Progress in Country Implementation of the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources, which describes steps by an increasing number of countries to better manage genetic diversity of livestock, which notes that ten countries have begun implementing national strategies and 28 more are in the process of developing one.

read more »

Africa Water Week Addresses Climate and Development [viewed]

23 November 2010: In an opening statement to the Climate, Water and Development Segment of the Third African Water Week, Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union (AU), addressed the links between climate change, water, infrastructure and livelihoods.

read more »

2010 Pacific Plan Annual Progress Report Released [viewed]

23 November 2010: The 2010 Pacific Plan Annual Progress Report was released on 23 November 2010, by the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretariat, to provide an overview of work undertaken from May 2009 to mid 2010 by Forum Island member countries and the Council of Regional Organizations in the Pacific (CROP) agencies to implement the Pacific Plan priorities endorsed in 2009.

read more »

GEF Council Expands Small Grants Programme [viewed]

18 November 2010: The 39th Meeting of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Council approved US$134 million for the next phase of the Small Grants Programme (SGP), which awards up to US$50,000 in funds for  projects by civil society and community based organizations.

read more »

European Commission Outlines Future Trade Policy [viewed]

9 November 2010: The European Commission has released a Communication titled "Trade, Growth and World Affairs," which sets out the triple benefit of trade for Europe, namely stronger economic growth, more jobs and increased consumer choice at lower prices. The Communication also addresses green growth, energy and climate change.

read more »

IFPRI Releases Report on Adapting to Climate Extremes in Ethiopia [viewed]

November 2010: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a study on "Factors affecting the choices of coping strategies for climate extremes: The case of farmers in the Nile Basin of Ethiopia."

read more »

OECD Publishes Working Paper on Capacity Development for Environmental Management in Agriculture [viewed]

November 2010: This Working Paper, published as part of the OECD's Environment Working Paper Series, highlights the importance of environmental management and governance in the agricultural sector, in the context of challenges arising from a growing world population and climate change. It also stresses the need for the agricultural sector to contribute to environmental, institutional, social and economic resilience.

read more »