Agriculture & Food Security

Event: Eighth International Conference of the African Association of Remote Sensing and the Environment [viewed]

This Conference is organized by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), together with the African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE), the Ethiopian Mapping Agency (EMA) and the GIS Society of Ethiopia (GSSE). It aims to bring together scholars and professionals from the African and international geo-spatial information science community to present latest achievements, discuss challenges and share experience. The Conference is organized around four themes: food and water security; energy resources; disaster risk reduction; and marine and coastal management.  

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IWMI Releases Report on Climate Change Impacts on Water and Agriculture in Sri Lanka [viewed]

July 2010: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has released a research report titled "Impacts of climate change on water resources and agriculture in Sri Lanka: A review and preliminary vulnerability mapping."

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Event: African Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change [viewed]

This meeting is organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), African Union Commission (AUC), Ethiopia, Netherlands, Norway and Germany.  

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Event: Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change [viewed]

This meeting is organized by the Government of the Netherlands in cooperation with the Governments of Ethiopia, Norway and New Zealand, the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The meeting aims to provide concrete actions to link the implementation of agriculture-related investments, policies, and measures with long-term carbon emission reductions and adaptation benefits. It will address new and additional and innovative ways of financing the roadmap for action and aims to contribute to the UNFCCC climate talks in Cancun, Mexico. The conference will include a ministerial roundtable.  

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ICARDA Releases Abstracts from Food Security and Climate Change Meeting [viewed]

29 July 2010: The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) has released a book of abstracts from the Food Security and Climate Change in Dry Areas meeting that it organized in collaboration with a number of other organizations.

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African Union Summit Discusses Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

27 July 2010: The 15th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) met from 25-27 July 2010, in Kampala, Uganda, following the 20th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee (19-20 July) and the 17th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council (22-23 July). Among other items, these meetings featured discussions of ongoing international climate change negotiations.

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ECOSOC Considers Development Policy Recommendations, Holds SIDS Panel [viewed]

23 July 2010: The 2010 Substantive Session of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) convened for its 43rd session in New York, US, from 28 June-23 July 2010. On 21 July, ECOSOC considered recommendations from its subsidiary bodies, including the Committee for Development Policy, which addressed policy coherence on the climate change agenda in relation to its financial architecture and to other development agendas.

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FAO, IFAD Publish Report on Bioenergy from Jatropha [viewed]

22 July 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have published a report titled "Jatropha: A smallholder bioenergy crop," which discusses the potential for jatropha as a bioenergy crop in semi-arid and remote areas of developing countries.

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Second US-Lower Mekong Ministerial Meeting Addresses Climate Cooperation [viewed]

22 July 2010: US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Foreign Ministers of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Viet Nam met in Hanoi, Viet Nam, on 22 July 2010, within the framework of the Lower Mekong Initiative, to address cooperation between the US and the Lower Mekong countries in areas of common concern, including climate change.

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Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group Meets [viewed]

20 July 2010: The Commonwealth's Eminent Persons Group met for the first time in London, UK, on 19-20 July 2010, to develop options for renewal and reform of the Commonwealth. The Group discussed ways in which the Commonwealth should remain fully engaged in global debates and challenges that affect its members, especially small States and developing States, such as climate change, food security and international financial liquidity.

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