Agriculture & Food Security

World Bank, GEF Support Flood and Land Degradation Risk Management in Togo [viewed]

World Bank20 December 2011: The World Bank has approved a $16.9 million grant to assist with implementation of the Integrated Disaster and Land Management Project in Togo. The project is funded by several trust funds, including the Least Developed Countries Fund for Adaptation to Climate Change, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, and TerrAfrica.

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FAO Book on Amazon Plants Addresses Importance of Forests for Livelihoods [viewed]

FAO20 December 2011: During a ceremony marking the close of the International Year of Forests, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a book titled "Fruit Trees and Useful Plants in Amazonian Life," which is meant to be accessible to readers without a formal education. 

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World Bank Scales Up Support to Kenya Health Sector Project [viewed]

World Bank20 December 2011: The World Bank has approved the scaling up of its support to Kenya to address the impacts of the current drought by $56.8 million. Support to the Kenya Health Sector Support Project is expected to benefit 90,000 pregnant and lactating women, and nearly 400,000 malnourished children in the affected areas.

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UNESCO Reports on Climate Change Research in the Arctic [viewed]

UNESCO19 December 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported on a collaborative Climate Frontlines research project involving the French Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle and Sami reindeer herders, which focused on the impact of climate change on the forests and animal species of the North, as well as potential solutions that different stakeholders are advocating.

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STAP Releases Report on Dead Zones [viewed]

November 2011: The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP), which is administered by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and advises the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has released a report that stresses the need for the GEF to develop a faster response to the growing problem of dead zones in the world's coastal waters.

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World Bank Outlines Steps to Increase Drought Resilience in Africa [viewed]

World Bank19 December 2011: The World Bank has released a policy paper titled "The Drought and Food Crisis in the Horn of Africa: Impacts and Proposed Policy Responses for Kenya," which highlights four broad policy changes that can be taken by Kenya to reduce its vulnerability to future droughts as climate change continues to reduce rainfall in the region.

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New Latin America and Caribbean Forum Adopts Declaration of Caracas and Action Plan [viewed]

6 December 2011: The founding Summit of Heads of State and Government from 33 Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) countries has agreed that the newly formed Community of LAC States (CELAC) shall work together to take common positions and form regional strategies in a variety of policy areas, including energy.

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OSCE, UNEP and UNECE Support Transboundary Water Cooperation on Dniester River [viewed]

UNECE6 December 2011: Governmental and non-governmental organization (NGO) representatives from Ukraine and Moldova met to further develop transboundary water cooperation on the shared Dniester River, focusing on reducing risks from climate change by improving the adaptive capacity of the two countries.

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GEF Supports Voluntary Mitigation Mechanism in Colombia [viewed]

GEF16 December 2011: Colombia has begun implementing a national mechanism for voluntary mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, supported by a $2.7 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and co-financing of more than $7.9 million. 

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2011 SEED Awards Focus on African Entrepreneurs [viewed]

15 December 2011: The 2011  Supporting Entrepreneurs for Environment and Development (SEED) Awards, announced by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), were granted to 35 entrepreneurs from 14 countries for their inspiring grassroot businesses that contribute to meeting current sustainable development challenges.

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