Agriculture & Food Security

India Joins UNEP's Billion Tree Campaign [viewed]

25 February 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that the Government of India has joined the Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign by planting two billion trees since 2007, bringing the international campaign's total to over 10 billion planted trees worldwide.

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IFAD Governing Council Convenes 33rd Session [viewed]

18 February 2010: The Governing Council of the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) held its 33rd session from 17-18 February 2010, in Rome, Italy, to discuss: the Eighth Replenishment of IFAD's resources; IFAD's budget; revisions of IFAD's lending policies and criteria; progress on the performance-based allocation system; progress on the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); and a synthesis of the global meeting of the Farmers' Forum 2010.

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IFAD Provides US$48 million in Support to Egyptian Farmers for Improved Water Management [viewed]

16 February 2010: The International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) has signed an agreement with the Egyptian Government that will focus on maximizing the efficiency of water use by Egyptian farmers to adapt to the challenges of climate change.

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FAO's "State of Food and Agriculture 2009" Focuses on a Review of the Livestock Sector [viewed]

February 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released "The State of Food and Agriculture 2009: Livestock in the balance," which examines the role of livestock in: food security and poverty reduction; the environment and climate change; and human and animal health.

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World Bank Institute Climate Change Practice Launches e-Bulletin [viewed]

February 2010: The World Bank Institute Climate Change (WBICC) Practice has launched its first quarterly e-Bulletin, which reports on activities in its four programmes, namely: cities and climate change; innovation in carbon finance; leadership and coalition building in climate change; and climate adaptation in water, agriculture and natural resource management.

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Joint Afro-Arab Ministerial Meeting on Agricultural Development and Food Security Addresses Climate Change [viewed]

16 February 2010: The Joint Afro-Arab Ministerial Meeting on Agricultural Development and Food Security, held on 14-16 February 2010, in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt, agreed on an action plan to guide their collaboration in agriculture and food security, including climate change-related elements.

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IFPRI Releases Publication on Adaptation Practices of Small-Scale Farmers [viewed]

February 2010: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has released a review of 17 studies on practices that boost small-scale farmers' resilience to climate change, highlighting the experiences of, and lessons for, African farmers.

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International Potato Center Project Identifies Crops Tolerant to Stresses from Climate Change [viewed]

February 2010: The International Potato Center, a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has released a factsheet titled "Enhanced food and income security in Southwest and Central Asia through potato varieties with improved tolerance to abiotic stress."

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Event: Agricultural biotechnologies in developing countries [viewed]

This meeting will address the role of biotechnologies for crops, forestry, livestock, fisheries and agro-industry to face the challenges of food insecurity and climate change. It is hosted by the Government of Mexico with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and other partners.  

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IFAD's 33rd Governing Council Addresses Climate Change, Food Security and Smallholder Agriculture [viewed]

18 February 2010: The Governing Council of the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) held its 33rd session from 17-18 February 2010, in Rome, Italy, to discuss: the Eighth Replenishment of IFAD's resources; IFAD's budget; revisions of IFAD's lending policies and criteria; progress on the performance-based allocation system; progress on the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); and a synthesis of the global meeting of the Farmers' Forum 2010.

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