Agriculture & Food Security

Event: FAO-OECD Expert Meeting on Greening the Economy with Agriculture [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is collaborating with partners in analyzing existing information and developing possible scenarios for Greening the Economy with Agriculture (GEA), including an evaluation of sustainability progress and gaps in the food supply chain to projection of food supply and demand towards 2050, and the joint FAO/Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) meeting will focus on addressing these scenarios. The meeting will be hosted by OECD at its headquarters and FAO will support the participation to this meeting of selected experts and chiefly, those from seven developing countries. Attendance at the Expert Meeting is by invitation only. Agenda items include: low footprint and productive food and agriculture systems; decent rural livelihoods, green jobs and land tenure; resilience to shocks of low-carbon food systems; quality and health of green food; and policy coherence for GEA.  

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Event: Fifteenth Southern Africa Region Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-15) [viewed]

Convened under the theme “Seasonable Climate Prediction: A Strategic Tool in Sustainable Socio-Economic Development,” the 15th Southern Africa Region Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-15) is being organized by the Southern Africa Development Community in collaboration with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) to develop a consensus climate outlook for the period from October 2011 until March 2012. SARCOF-15 is also expected to address potential climate impacts on sectors including disaster risk management, food security, and health and water resources. The last rainy season in the region will also be assessed.  

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Follow-up Meeting on the Horn of Africa Crisis Calls for Tackling the Root Causes of the Crisis [viewed]

18 August 2011: The follow-up meeting for the Horn of Africa Crisis, hosted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), concluded with a call for a “twin track” approach to the crisis that will meet the relief needs as well as address the root causes of the crisis and strengthen the local population's resilience for possible future crises.

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UN Secretary-General Releases Report on Agricultural Technology for Development [viewed]

15 August 2011: In preparation for the 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the UN Secretary-General has released a report on Agricultural Technology for Development, which underscores the importance of adapting agricultural technologies for smallholders, especially women, in the context of higher food prices and climate change.

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Andean Community Approves Project on Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change [viewed]

22 August 2011: On 22 August, the Andean Community's (CAN) chief decision-making body, the Council of Foreign Ministers, adopted a legally-binding Decision approving the execution of the German technical cooperation agency's (GIZ) project with CAN on adaptation of the agricultural sector in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru to climate change.

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Event: FANRPAN Annual High Level Regional Food Security Policy Dialogue [viewed]

The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) will meet from 19-23 September 2011, and will focus on advocating for the active engagement of youth in the agriculture value chain. The meeting will be undertaken with support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and other international donors.  

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ICRISAT Meeting Focuses on Building Climate-Resilient Rainfed Agriculture [viewed]

16 August 2011: The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), with JSW-Time India Earth Care Initiatives 2011, organized a Roundtable on Climate Change and Rainfed Farming Systems that focused on providing sustainable and science-based solutions and pro-poor approaches to climate change adaptation.

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GEF Funds Environmental Fiscal Reform in Moldova [viewed]

8 August 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has endorsed a project, to be implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), to reform and develop fiscal instruments to improve targets under the three Rio Conventions in the Republic of Moldova.

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Event: AU-NEPAD Agriculture Climate Change Mitigation Framework Meeting [viewed]

This workshop is the first in a series of steps being undertaken by the African Union (AU) and the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) to operationalize the AU-NEPAD Agriculture Climate Change Mitigation-Adaptation Framework, which has been developed as part of the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Program (CAADP). It is expected to address: understanding the coverage and focus of key thematic and agency-specific frameworks and their linkages with the Framework; provide input and identify prioirities for the programme; identify roles and responsibilities; and explore emerging best practices.  

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IRRI, Singapore Invest in Rice Farming Adaptation [viewed]

12 August 2011: The National Research Foundation (NRF) of Singapore will fund a research programme to help Asia meet increasing demands for rice in the context of climate change and a growing regional population.

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