Agriculture & Food Security

ASEAN Plus Three Discuss Agriculture and Forestry Cooperation [viewed]

24 October 2010: The Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry and the Ministers of Agriculture of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (Plus Three Countries) met in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on 24 October 2010, to discuss cooperation in agriculture and forestry.

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FAO Releases Report on Bioenergy and Food Security in Thailand [viewed]

October 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report titled "Bioenergy and Food Security (BEFS) Thailand: Key results and policy recommendations for future bioenergy development."

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UNEP Report Highlights Ecosystem Services of Inland Fisheries [viewed]

22 October 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Fish Centre have released a report titled "Blue Harvest: Inland Fisheries as an Ecosystem Service," on the sidelines of the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), taking place in Nagoya, Japan.

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ECLAC Publishes Environmental Indicators for Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

20 October 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has released a set of Environmental Indicators for Latin America and the Caribbean 2009 that highlight improvements in protected area coverage, contrasting with loss of forest cover.

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COHAB Releases Policy Briefs on Biodiversity and Global Health [viewed]

October 2010: Supporting the work of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on cooperation with other conventions and international organizations, the Secretariat of the Co-operation on Health and Biodiversity (COHAB) Initiative has posted four policy briefs on the theme "Biodiversity and Global Health."

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UNGA Third Committee Considers Pressures on Farmland [viewed]

21 October 2010: The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian, Cultural) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA)  considered unprecedented pressures on farmland, on 21 October 2010, in New York, US.

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UNGA Third Committee's Discussion of Indigenous Issues Opens [viewed]

18 October 2010: The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) began its discussion of indigenous issues and the Second International Decade of the World's Indigenous People on 18 October 2010, in New York, US.

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World Agroforestry Centre Highlights Mitigation Potential of "Fertilizer Trees" [viewed]

15 October 2010: At the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue held in Iowa City, Iowa, US, from 13-15 October 2010, Dennis Garrity, Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre, described the challenge of doubling food production by mid-century and combating climate change.

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First APEC Summit on Food Security Held [viewed]

17 October 2010: Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministers responsible for food security met for the first time in Niigata, Japan, from 16-17 October 2010, and agreed on the Niigata Declaration on APEC Food Security, which contains several references to climate change.

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Guest Article #49: Smallholders, Climate Resilience, and Sustainable Agriculture [viewed]

Feeding a global population of just over nine billion in 2050 will put even greater pressure on our planet's scarce natural resources, and the challenges will be multiplied by climate risk and uncertainty. If we are to succeed, the world's 500 million smallholder farms will need to play an even greater role in contributing to global food supply and distribution.

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