Agriculture & Food Security

UNDP Promotes Energy Access for the Poor through Multifunctional Platforms [viewed]

April 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is working with the Government of Burkina Faso to promote access to energy as a key component of poverty reduction. The initiative includes the installation of multifunctional platforms, powered by a diesel engine.

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FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean Discusses Climate Change [viewed]

1 May 2010: The 31st Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) met in Panama City, Panama, from 26-30 April 2010 and considered, among other issues, the impacts of climate change on agriculture, forestry and fisheries in the region.

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Japan-EU Summit Determines Climate Cooperation Actions [viewed]

28 April 2010: The 19th Japan-EU Summit convened in Tokyo, Japan, on 28 April 2010. Besides discussing Japan-EU bilateral relations, Summit leaders exchanged views on a number of key international questions including climate change.

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ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins Convenes Deforestation Workshop [viewed]

22 April 2010: The Alternatives to Slash and Burn Partnership for Tropical Forest Margins (ASB) recently organized a workshop in Lima, Peru, to contribute to building a national proposal for reducing Andean-Amazon deforestation and build capacity on issues in international negotiations on climate change and deforestation.

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World Agroforestry Centre Releases Publication on Economics of Jatropha [viewed]

April 2010: The World Agroforestry (ICRAF) has released a working paper on "Economic viability of Jatropha curcas plantations in Northern Tanzania: assessing farmers' prospects via cost-benefit analysis."

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IFAD Releases Paper on Livestock and Climate Change [viewed]

April 2010: The International Fund for Agricultural Development's (IFAD) Livestock and Farming System team has created a tool for development practitioners, including a paper on livestock and climate change that aims to bring livestock interventions to the forefront of development.

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UNPFII Considers Reports on Climate Change Policies [viewed]

26 April 2010: The Ninth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is taking place in New York, US, from 19-30 April 2010, around the theme “Development with Culture and Identity.” In his opening statement, Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, underlined that indigenous cultures, languages and ways of life are under constant threat from climate change, armed conflict, lack of educational opportunities and discrimination.

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EU-US Development Dialogue Re-launched [viewed]

25 April 2010: The EU-US Development Dialogue, providing a framework for cooperation in tackling poverty worldwide, was re-launched on 25 April 2010, in Washington DC, US, after a decade of inactivity. Three roadmaps were agreed for joint action on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), food security, and climate change.

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World Bank Holds Seminar on Climate Change and Africa [viewed]

25 April 2010: The need for Africa to speak with one voice and make itself heard at the upcoming 16th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 16) to the UNFCCC, to be held in Cancun, Mexico, at the end of 2010, was highlighted during a seminar on climate change and Africa organized by the World Bank.

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UN Humanitarian Chief and WFP Focus on West African Food Crisis [viewed]

26 April 2010: UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Josette Sheeran has indicated that the intense droughts in Niger are escalating the humanitarian crisis and contributing to mass migration from rural to urban areas as well as to neighboring countries. She has announced that WFP will step up its aid to support 2.3 million people, particularly pregnant women and children, in the arid eastern Sahel region.

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