Agriculture & Food Security

ILRI to Build Climate Model to Predict Disease Outbreaks [viewed]

17 May 2010: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has received a $4.4 million award for research to build a climate model that can predict outbreaks of infectious disease in Africa.

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UNEP Releases Green Economy Preview Report [viewed]

May 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has produced  “Green Economy Report: A preview” on the occasion of the first session of the Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20), taking place from 17-19 May 2010, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The brochure, based on draft material available to date, provides a first preview of three sectors that will be examined by the report, namely fisheries, transport and water. It also highlights investment and policy reform opportunities to transition to a Green Economy.

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IFAD Develops Climate Change Strategy [viewed]

12 May 2010: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has developed a new strategy to mainstream climate change into its core programmes, policies and activities.

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African Climate Change Committee Discusses Cancun Strategies [viewed]

11 May 2010: The Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC) Representatives Meeting took place on 11 May 2010, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to take stock of developments so far and chart out strategies in the run up to the 16th session of the Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 16), in Cancun, Mexico, at the end of 2010.

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Event: 22nd Session of the FAO Committee on Agriculture [viewed]

For more information, contact: Secretariat; email: FAO-COAG@fao.org; tel: +39-06-57-05-56-09  

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Event: UNCTAD Public Symposium 2010 [viewed]

The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Public Symposium will hold special breakout sessions on improving food security in the face of climate change and how to bridge climate justice with the global economic reform agendas.  

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Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels Releases Sustainability Standards [viewed]

7 May 2010: The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) has released its complete set of biofuels sustainability standards. The numerous standards compiled in this database range from a technical draft for EU market access to standards approved for pilot testing on: chains of custody; certification and accreditation bodies; and application of rules to specific conditions.

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UN Secretary-General and Bolivian President Morales Discuss Recent Conference [viewed]

7 May 2010: The UN Secretary-General recently met with Bolivian President Evo Morales Ayma and representatives from civil society organizations that participated in the People's World Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, which convened in Cochabamba, Bolivia, from 19-22 April 2010.

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Event: Global Forum on Salinization and Climate Change [viewed]

The Global Forum on Salinization and Climate Change will be co-hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the University of Valencia. The Forum will constitute an opportunity to discuss, from a multi-disciplinary perspective, the problems associated with salinization and climate change.  

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Event: Third International Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification [viewed]

The meeting is co-sponsored by numerous organizations including the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  

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