Agriculture & Food Security

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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FAO Committee Assesses Challenges to Food Security [viewed]

16 October 2010: The Committee on World Food Security  (CFS) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) met for its 36th session in Rome, Italy, from 11-16 October 2010. The session was designed to encourage sharing of experiences and coordination of initiatives at global, regional and national levels.

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World Food Day Focuses on Fight Against Hunger [viewed]

16 October 2010: The UN held a celebration for World Food Day in Rome, Italy, on the 65th anniversary of the founding of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) around the theme "United Against Hunger."

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International Day of Rural Women Highlights Vulnerability to Climate Change [viewed]

15 October 2010: The International Day of Rural Women was celebrated by the UN on 15 October 2010, in New York, US. The Day provides an opportunity to highlight global challenges faced by rural women, including climate change.

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EU Environment Ministers Prepare for Nagoya [viewed]

14 October 2010: The Council of the EU Environment Ministers met on 14 October 2010, in Brussels, Belgium, to agree on a strategy for the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which will open on 18 October 2010, in Nagoya, Japan. 

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