Agriculture & Food Security

UNDP, SPREP and SPC Hold Pacific Workshop on Climate Change Impacts in Agriculture [viewed]

2 May 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Centre, in collaboration with the South Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), and with support from the Nadi Meteorology Service, is hosting a three-week workshop, from 2-20 May 2011, in Nadi, Fiji, on Assessment of Climate Change Impacts in Agriculture for agricultural and meteorological experts.

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ECLAC Releases Report on EU/LAC Cooperation [viewed]

April 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has published a report on cooperation between the EU and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) countries, which highlights recent support by the EU to clean energy in the Americas.

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IFAD Presents Rural Poverty Report 2011 in South Africa [viewed]

3 May 2011: The Rural Poverty Report 2011, the flagship report of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) that is subtitled "New realities, new challenges: new opportunities for tomorrow's generation," was presented for the first time in Africa at a high-level event in Cape Town, South Africa, on 3 May 2011, prior to the World Economic Forum's Africa meeting.

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FAO Director-General Calls for Regional Weather Alert System in Central Asia [viewed]

3 May 2011: Addressing the Astana Economic Forum in Kazakhstan, Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), highlighted food insecurity in a number of Central Asian countries and stressed the need to strengthen cooperation on trade.

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African Development Ministerial Discusses Climate Change, Low Carbon Growth [viewed]

2 May 2011: The Third Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Ministerial Follow-up Meeting, which convened in Dakar, Senegal, from 1-2 May 2011, addressed economic development, climate change and low-carbon growth, and sustainable development in Africa.

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UNDP and Samoa to Integrate Climate Change Resilience into Forestry Management [viewed]

19 April 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministers of Finance (MOF) and Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) of Samoa have signed a joint Project on the "Integration of Climate Change Risks and Resilience into Forestry Management in Samoa (ICCRIFS)."

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Event: REDD+ after Cancun: Moving from Negotiation to Implementation (African Workshop) [viewed]

African government negotiators, land managers, representatives of non-government organizations and climate change scientists will attend this workshop to enhance their skills and understanding of the REDD+ implementation process. The workshop will convene in Douala, Cameroon, hosted by the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the Alternatives to Slash and Burn Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB). The Workshop offers a series of expert presentations and in-depth discussions about the REDD+ process. Policy and technical topics will include: safeguards—how to ensure REDD+ projects are implemented without causing harm to the communities and existing biodiversity; co-benefits—how countries can accrue other environmental and social benefits from REDD+ in addition to monetary value of projects; and Measurement, Reporting and Verification—best approaches for systems that guarantee integrity and transparency in the REDD+ implementation process. The IISD-ASB workshop is supported by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and will target participants from countries benefiting from the UN-REDD and Forest Carbon Partnership Facility programs. ASB is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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Event: REDD+ after Cancun: Moving from Negotiation to Implementation (Asian Workshop) [viewed]

Asian government negotiators, land managers, representatives of non-government organizations and climate change scientists will participate in this workshop to enhance their skills and understanding of the REDD+ implementation process. The regional workshop will convene in Hanoi, Vietnam, hosted by the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the Alternatives to Slash and Burn Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB). The Workshop will offer a series of expert presentations and in-depth discussions about the REDD+ process. Policy and technical topics will include: safeguards—how to ensure REDD+ projects are implemented without causing harm to the communities and existing biodiversity; co-benefits—how countries can accrue other environmental and social benefits from REDD+ in addition to monetary value of projects; and Measurement, Reporting and Verification—best approaches for systems that guarantee integrity and transparency in the REDD+ implementation process. The IISD-ASB workshop is supported by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and will target participants from countries benefiting from the UN-REDD and Forest Carbon Partnership Facility programs. It is one in a series of training programs aimed at building REDD+ capacity for decision makers and other stakeholders in developing countries. ASB is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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Ramsar Convention Releases Report of STRP 16 [viewed]

2 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Secretariat) has released the report of the 16th meeting of the Convention's Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP), which took place in Gland, Switzerland, from 14-18 February 2011.

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Steering Committee for African-Arab Joint Action Plan on Agricultural Development and Food Security Convenes [viewed]

1 May 2011: The Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with the Government of Sudan, held the inaugural meeting of the Steering Committee of the African-Arab Joint Action Plan (JAP) on Agricultural Development and Food Security in Khartoum, Sudan.

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