Agriculture & Food Security

UN Secretary-General Releases MDG Report [viewed]

15 March 2010: The UN Secretary-General has released a report titled “Keeping the promise: a forward-looking review to promote an agreed action agenda to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015” (A/64/665). The report presents information on progress made in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and calls for a new pact to accelerate the progress in achieving the goals.

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UNECA Publishes Report on Food Security [viewed]

12 March 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Africa's (UNECA) Sub-Regional Office for Eastern Africa (SRO-EA) has published a report that highlights the effects of climate change on food security in East Africa.

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Stockholm Convention to Study Climate Change and POPs [viewed]

12 March 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Stockholm Convention Secretariat has informed it will carry out a 12-month international study of the influence of climate change and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) on human health and the environment. The study, which was announced during the fifth Environment and Health Ministerial Conference held in Parma, Italy, from 10-12 March 2010, will involve over 10 organizations in five countries and will review the latest science to inform the assessment of current and new POPs.

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ILRI and ICRISAT Researchers Release Paper on Livestock Production and Adaptation Strategies [viewed]

10 March 2010: Researchers from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) have released a paper titled "Climate change impacts on livestock production and adaptation strategies: A global scenario." The paper was presented at the National Symposium on Climate Change and Rainfed Agriculture, which convened from 18-20 February 2010, in Hyderbad, India.

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IFPRI Launches Project to Identify Approaches to Improve Agriculture in Developing Countries [viewed]

1 March 2010: The International Food Policy Research Institute's (IFPRI) new project, Global Futures for Agriculture, will evaluate promising technologies, investments and policy reforms to improve agricultural productivity and environmental sustainability in developing countries.

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IRRI's "Rice Today" Articles Highlight Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

March 2010: The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has released the January-March edition of "Rice Today." This issue features three articles that address climate change issues.

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UN Marks International Women's Day with Calls to Meet the Challenges of Development [viewed]

8 March 2010: To mark International Women's Day, UN officials stressed the need for greater empowerment of women in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 and to face development challenges, including climate change.

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UNCTAD's 2010 Trade and Environment Review Focuses on Promoting Poles of Clean Growth [viewed]

March 2010: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has published its Trade and Environment Review 2009/2010, which contains some 20 essays on the topic "Promoting Poles of Clean Growth to Foster the Transition to a More Sustainable Economy."

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FAO Releases Aquacrop Practical Exercise [viewed]

February 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released a new Aquacrop practical exercise, which tests users on their ability to create climate files using the Aquacrop software.

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FAO Organizes Technical Conference on Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies [viewed]

4 March 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) International Technical Conference on Agricultural Biotechnologies in Developing Countries took place in Guadalajara, Mexico, from 1-4 March 2010, and was co-sponsored by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), the Government of Mexico and a number of other international partners.

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