Agriculture & Food Security

Event: 11th Asian Maize Conference [viewed]

The 11th Asian Maize Conference will be sponsored by the Government of Guangxi Zhuang Minority Autonomous Region, P.R. China, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). The theme of the meeting will be addressing climate change effects and meeting maize demand for Asia.  

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European Atlas of Soil Biodiversity Released [viewed]

23 September 2010: The European Commission's research body, the Joint Research Centre, has published for the first time an indicator-based map of potential threats to soil biodiversity in Europe, highlighting its role in agriculture and in the water and carbon cycles.

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UNEP Releases Brief on Green Economy and MDGs [viewed]

20 September 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released "A Brief for Policymakers on the Green Economy and Millennium Development Goals" (MDGs), which concludes that investment in clean energy, sustainable transport, forests and environmentally-friendly agriculture is essential for meeting the MDGs. The brief was launched at the UN Summit on the MDGs, convening from 20-22 September 2010, in New York, US.

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IITA Helps Preserve Yam Biodiversity [viewed]

16 September 2010: The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has engaged in an effort with the Global Crop Diversity Trust to add 3,000 samples from yam species to international gene banks.

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Event: Committee on World Food Security [viewed]

The annual meeting of the Committee on World Food Security will include a policy roundtable on managing the vulnerability and risks presented by climate change to food security and will produce actionable recommendations for the plenary.  

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UNEP Releases Green Economy and MDGs Brief [viewed]

20 September 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released "A Brief for Policymakers on the Green Economy and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)," which concludes that investment in clean energy, sustainable transport, forests and environmentally-friendly agriculture is essential to meet the MDGs.

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UNCCD and UNDP Prepare Report on MDG Achievement in the Drylands [viewed]

17 September 2010: During the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Summit at UN Headquarters in New York, US, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) will release a report titled “The Forgotten Billion: MDG Achievement in the Drylands.”

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UNESCAP Launches Regional Cooperative Mechanism on Drought Monitoring and Early Warning [viewed]

16 September 2010: The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) announced the launch of a Regional Cooperative Mechanism on Drought Monitoring and Early Warning.

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Cordoba Seminar Focuses on Agrobiodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

15 September 2010: Held from 13-15 September 2010, in Cordoba, Spain, the International Seminar on the Role of Agricultural Biodiversity in Addressing Hunger and Climate Change was organized in the framework of the International Year of Biodiversity and in commemoration of World Food Day.

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WTO Public Forum 2010 Opens [viewed]

15 September 2010: The World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum 2010 is taking place from 15-17 September 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland, around the theme "The Shaping Forces."

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