Agriculture & Food Security

UN Agencies Release Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability Ahead of UNCSD [viewed]

1 November 2011: Several UN entities have issued a Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability, which highlights the role of oceans in sustainable development and offers recommendations ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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IPCC Awards Nine Scholarships for 2011-2012 [viewed]

7 October 2011: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has announced that nine students and researchers from developing countries have been awarded scholarships for postgraduate studies or research on climate science for 2011-2012.

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African Economic Conference Endorses Green Growth for Future Prosperity [viewed]

28 October 2011: The Sixth African Economic Conference (AEC), convened under the theme of "Green Economy and Structural Transformation," closed with an endorsement from delegates for green growth and structural transformation of ec0nomies on the continent to ensue future economic growth and job creation.

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CIFOR Newsletter Highlights Protected Areas, Forest Day 5 [viewed]

28 October 2011: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released the October edition of its News Update with a selection of stories on: protected area effectiveness; Indonesia's forestry concession ban; interactions between farms and biodiversity; Forest Day 5 at the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17 ) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); and the Dry Forests Symposium.

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World Bank Institute Climate e-Bulletin Focuses on Durban [viewed]

World Bank20 October 2011: The October edition of the World Bank Institute's Climate Change Practice quarterly e-bulletin presents dialogues with various climate change experts, recorded via videoconference, that are focused on preparations for the upcoming 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC.

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CIMMYT Introduces Climate-Resilient Crops in Ethiopia and China [viewed]

October 2011: The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) has reported on the release of new wheat and maize varieties that are resistant to disease and adapted to climate change in China and Ethiopia.

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FAO Releases Environmental Impact Assessment Guidelines [viewed]

FAOOctober 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Guidelines for FAO Field Projects, which include climate change and biodiversity considerations.

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Event: International Conference on Adaptation to Climate Change and Food Security in West Asia and North Africa [viewed]

This workshop aims to address critical food security and livelihood challenges in West Asia and North African (WANA) countries and has the specific objectives to: provide a better understanding and assessment of the climate change impacts on agriculture and the associated vulnerability in the WANA region; discuss and develop informed decisions on practical adaptation strategies for the agricultural sector in the WANA region; discuss and suggest the appropriate ways to promote adaptation planning and implementation and its integration into the sustainable development planning in different countries in the WANA region; and develop a Regional Adaptation Framework for continuous information exchange on climate change impacts and adaptation amongst the different countries in the WANA region. The meeting is being co-sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Association of Agricultural Research Institutions in the Near East and North Africa, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), and others. ICARDA is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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African Economic Conference Calls for Climate Insurance for Farmers [viewed]

27 October 2011: With increasing volatility due to climate change and price shocks, delegates to the Sixth African Economic Conference heard that investment in agriculture alongside stabilization and insurance schemes, including for small holder farmers, may be necessary to ensure domestic price stability.

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Climate-Smart Agriculture Conference Adopts Wageningen Statement [viewed]

26 October 2011: The Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture brought together scientists from 38 countries to take stock of the current state of global knowledge on science and best practices on climate-smart agriculture, and to identify key priorities and efficient ways to implement interventions.

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