Agriculture & Food Security

World Food Day Focuses on Food Prices and Horn of Africa Crisis [viewed]

17 October 2011: International organizations participated in events across the world marking World Food Day on 17 October 2011 under the theme: “Food prices – from crisis to stability.”

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Parliamentarians to Drive Progress to Rio+20 [viewed]

16 October 2011: Opening the 125th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on parliamentarians to help drive progress in the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012.

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World Bank Institute Concludes Dialogue Series on Climate Change [viewed]

October 2011: The World Bank Institute has concluded its five-part "Global Dialogue Series on Climate Change: The Road to Durban," which focused on climate change and cities, food security, and education and technology.

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CC DARE Supports Bee Keeping in Ethiopia [viewed]

14 October 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has reported that the Climate Change Adaptation Initiative (CC DARE), jointly implemented with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), with funding from the Danish Government, has trained 600 unemployed youth in bee-keeping in Ethiopia in an effort to address climate change impacts and food insecurity.

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EU Unveils Agenda for Change in Development Assistance [viewed]

13 October 2011: The European Commission has unveiled its "Agenda for Change" in EU Development policy as well as a new policy for EU budget support that aim to ensure  development aid provides the maximum impact on poverty reduction.

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European Commission Publishes Policy Brief on Biodiversity and Health [viewed]

October 2011: The European Commission has produced a policy brief that summarizes scientific information on the benefits biodiversity provides for human health and offers policy recommendations.

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European Commission Unveils Agricultural Policy Reform Proposals [viewed]

12 October 2011: The European Commission has unveiled a draft reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the period after 2013, which aims to strengthen the competitiveness, sustainability and permanence of agriculture throughout the EU in order to secure for European citizens a healthy and high-quality source of food, preserve the environment and develop rural areas.

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WMO Trains West African Farmers on Use of Weather/Climate Information [viewed]

WMO12 October 2011: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has completed a four-year project across 15 West African countries that carried out 146 roving seminars to increase the interactions between national meteorological and hydrological institutes and rural farms.

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GEF, UNCCD Publish Book on Sustainable Land Management Projects [viewed]

October 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariats have jointly published a book on sustainable land management (SLM) projects, highlighting the impact of many of these projects in achieving SLM, as well as experiences and lessons learned.

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Guest Article #67: Climate Change Negotiations: Keeping Africa Safe [viewed]

The UN Climate Change Conference scheduled to be held in Durban, South Africa, between 28 November to 9 December 2011, represents a critical moment in the international climate change negotiations, and a defining opportunity for African leaders to chart the course towards outcomes that curb the rising threat of climate change, implement the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol in Africa, and advance the interests and aspirations of all African countries and peoples.

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