Agriculture & Food Security

IFAD Highlights South-South Cooperation for Poverty Reduction [viewed]

20 July 2011: Ahead of a South-South cooperation meeting, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has called for a more open and constructive policy dialogue to assist in overcoming challenges such as climate change and volatile food prices.

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CGRFA 13 Adopts Elements for a Roadmap on Climate Change and Genetic Resources [viewed]

22 July 2011: The 13th regular session of the Commission on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has agreed on a list of elements for a roadmap or work programme to take action on the roles and values of genetic resources for food and agriculture (GRFA) in terms of achieving food and nutritional security and enabling countries to plan and implement adaptation and mitigation strategies in the context of climate change and anticipated impacts of climate change on food and agricultural production now and in the future.

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Event: CIALCA International Conference: Challenges and Opportunities for Agricultural Intensification of the Humid-Highland Systems of sub-Saharan Africa [viewed]

This meeting is being hosted by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa.  

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ECOSOC Humanitarian Segment Highlights Need for Increased Resilience [viewed]

21 July 2011: Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, opened the humanitarian segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) underlining that global challenges, such as climate change, the food and energy crises, migration and environmental degradation, "continue to increase people's vulnerability and humanitarian needs.”

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WTO Completes Third Review of Aid for Trade Initiative [viewed]

19 July 2011: The Third Global Review of the Aid for Trade Initiative, organized by the World Trade Organization (WTO), reviewed case stories on the results of the Aid for Trade Initiative in different regions and discussed indicators to measure the impact of the Aid for Trade initiative on economic growth, employment and poverty alleviation, as well as on gender empowerment and environmental sustainability.

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CGIAR Announces US$170 Million Alliance on Maize Research [viewed]

6 July 2011: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has announced a programme aimed at doubling the productivity of maize farms while making them more resilient to climate change.

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IRRI Highlights Impact of Climate-Induced Salt Intrusion on Rice [viewed]

July 2011: The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has released the July-September edition of its newsletter Rice Today, which includes an article on climate impacts on rice paddies in Bangladesh and the use of salt-tolerant rice varieties.

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World Bank's Biocarbon Fund and Partners Develop REDD Methodology [viewed]

World Bank14 July 2011: The World Bank's BioCarbon Fund, the Brazilian NGO Fundação Amazonas Sustentável (FAS), with the technical support of Carbon Decision International (CDI), the Institute for Conservation and the Sustainable Development of Amazonas (Idesam), and with financial support from Marriott International, have jointly developed a methodology to allow projects in the voluntary market to calculate avoided emissions by reducing deforestation either on the edge (“frontier”) of large cleared areas, like agricultural zones, or in a patchwork (“mosaic”) within standing forests.

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UNCSD Secretary-General Outlines Eight Priorities for UNCSD [viewed]

13 July 2011: Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), summarized his recent speech in Washington, DC, US, in a new post to his blog. He elaborated on eight “new and emerging challenges” that States and other stakeholders have highlighted for priority attention. The challenges include energy access, green jobs, sustainable agriculture, marine resources and financing.

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ADB Supports Biomass Waste Project for Clean Energy [viewed]

11 July 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) Board of Directors has approved a project for regional technical assistance that will assist the Greater Mekong Subregion to increase the efficient use of biomass waste in agriculture to meet the need for clean energy and food security of poor rural communities.

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