Agriculture & Food Security

ADB, International Rice Research Institute Collaborate on Climate-Resilient Rice [viewed]

ADB25 September 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced it is collaborating with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to develop climate-resilient rice, as part of efforts to boost productivity in water-scarce and drought-prone areas. A first technical assistance project resulted in a yield increase of up to 30% with reduced water use.

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Event: International Conference on Climate Change, Water Resources and Disasters in Mountainous Regions: Building Resilience to Changing Climate [viewed]

This Conference will provide scientists, engineers, planners and development workers with a platform to present their research outcomes, observations, findings and innovative ideas. Conference themes include: climate variability and changes; water resources management; transboundary issues of water resources; cryospheric changes and its impacts on water resources; land degradation, hazards and disaster risk reduction (DRR); river basin modeling for impact assessment; watershed management and ecosystem services; renewable energy and food security; climate services for building resilience; and adaptation strategies for building a resilient society. The conference is jointly organized by the Society of Hydrologists and Meteorologists Nepal (SOHAM-Nepal), the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) of the Government of Nepal, and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Hydrological Programme Nepal (IHP) National Committee.  

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ASEAN Summit Boosts Cooperation on Disaster Management, Haze Monitoring, Develops Post-2015 Vision [viewed]

Asean10 October 2013: The 23rd Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) issued a number of declarations agreeing to increase cooperation on disaster management and transboundary haze monitoring, as well as to further develop the ASEAN Community's Post-2015 Vision.

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World Irrigation Forum Highlights Agriculture and Water Linkages [viewed]

worldirrigationforum10 October 2013: Agricultural water management stakeholders, including smallholder farmers, discussed food insecurity challenges at the First World Irrigation Forum (WIF), which took place in Mardin, Turkey. The Forum focused on water challenges affecting the agricultural sector, with the aim of discussing agricultural concerns not traditionally emphasized in other fora, such as the World Water Forums (WWFs).

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Event: CCAFS Workshop on South-South Learning on Scaling Up Institutions and Policies [viewed]

The 'CCAFS workshop on South-South learning on scaling up institutions and policies to manage current as well as future climatic risks in the agriculture sector' will focus on promoting South-South learning on institutions and policies. Participants will share lessons to be learned from their experience in piloting policies and creating institutions to manage current as well as future climatic risks in the agricultural sector. On 4-5 December, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) will organize a capacity strengthening workshops on prioritization tools for participants.  

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Event: Forests Asia Conference: Sustainable Landscapes for Green Growth in ASEAN [viewed]

This conference, organized by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) as part of global celebration on the International Day of Forests, will discuss sustainable forest landscapes within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' (ASEAN) post-2015 sustainable development efforts. The conference will focus on governance, trade and investment in order to manage forests for green returns, climate change mitigation and adaptation, energy and low-carbon development, food security and nutrition.  

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AfDB, IFRC Partner to Address Climate Change, Food Security and Water Issues [viewed]

afdb-ifrcs3 October 2013: The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) announced an Africa-wide partnership to address issues including climate change, food security, disaster risk reduction (DRR), and water and sanitation on the continent.

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CIFOR Reports on REDD+ Tenure Study [viewed]

CIFOR2 October 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) reported on the Global Comparative Study on REDD+ being carried out in Brazil, Cameroon, Indonesia, Tanzania, and Viet Nam. The study examines tenure security issues within the framework of REDD+ activities.

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ICRAF Science Week Covers Advances in Agroforestry [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)13 September 2013: During the 2013 Science Week of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), scientists and experts gave presentations and engaged in discussions on the research taking place in over 35 countries around the world.

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UNESCO Presents Views on Water Cooperation [viewed]

UNESCOSeptember 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a report titled 'Free Flow. Reaching Water Security through Cooperation,' which was published in the framework of the International Year of Water Cooperation. The report brings together a range of water professionals and stakeholders to share their knowledge and experiences in water cooperation.

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