Agriculture & Food Security

UNDP Supports Solar-Powered Irrigation in Mozambique [viewed]

14 September 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Mitsui and Co. Ltda, a Japanese trading company, have established a partnership to build a solar-powered irrigation system that will benefit the Millennium Village of Chibuto, in Southern Mozambique.

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EC President Outlines Five-year Programme [viewed]

7 September 2010: European Commission (EC) President Manuel Barroso sent a letter to the European Parliament to present his political guidelines for the next five years, including on climate change.

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Japan-CARICOM Ministerial Conference Discusses Assistance Measures Related to Peace, Development and Prosperity [viewed]

2 September 2010: The second Japan-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ministerial-level Conference was held on 2 September 2010, in Tokyo, Japan, to identify assistance measures that will benefit CARICOM States in the next three years under the framework of the Japan-CARICOM Partnership Programme.

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ICRAF Examines Landscape Approach to Emission Reductions in Peru [viewed]

September 2010: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has produced a series of papers (in Spanish) on Reducing Emissions from All Land Uses (REALU) to move beyond a Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) framework.

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IWMI Releases Paper on Water Storage and Rainfall Variability [viewed]

September 2010: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has released a paper describing the need for systematic planning in water storage and management to cope with increased rainfall variability.

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Event: Kenya's International Conference on Biodiversity, Land Use and Climate Change [viewed]

This conference will discuss a national framework for conserving Kenya's biodiversity, taking into account land use, livelihoods and climate change issues, drawing on international and regional experience from neighboring East African States. Conference partners include the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).  

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Solomon Islands Qualifies for Adaptation Fund [viewed]

26 August 2010: Solomon Islands is the first country in the Pacific, and the fourth country worldwide, to qualify for the Adaptation Fund under the UNFCCC, which will finance projects in vulnerable developing countries aimed to help adapt their agricultural resources and food security to climate change threats.

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IFPRI Publishes Paper on Impacts of US and EU Biofuels Policies [viewed]

August 2010: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has published a discussion paper titled “Modeling the Global Trade and Environmental Impacts of Biofuel Policies,” which provides an economic analysis model of the indirect land-use change effects related to biofuel, and in particular bio-ethanol, policies.

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UN Secretary-General Appoints Group of Eminent Persons for LDCs [viewed]

27 August 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed a Group of Eminent Persons to examine development problems faced by Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

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Event: 100th Meeting of the IFAD Executive Board [viewed]

At its 100th meeting, the Executive Board of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is expected to note that it will be allowed to be accredited as a multilateral implementing entity of the Adaptation Fund. This application for accreditation is a key part of the IFAD Climate Change Strategy's planned resource mobilization partnerships.  

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