Agriculture & Food Security

Event: Thirteenth Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 13) [viewed]

Held under the auspices of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), this meeting will will focus on plant and aquatic genetic resources, the application and integration of biotechnologies in the conservation and utilization of genetic resources, as well as on climate change and genetic resources for food and agriculture. Furthermore, the Commission will consider policies and arrangements for access and benefit-sharing (ABS) for genetic resources for food and agriculture, including relevant aspects of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS, adopted at the tenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Other agenda items include: the updated Global Plan of Action for the Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture; review of cooperation with the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) and the CBD; review of the information base for aquatic genetic resources and key issues for the State of the World's Aquatic Genetic Resources; and review of progress in other areas of the CGRFA's Multi-Year Programme of Work (MYPOW), including Forest genetic resources and animal genetic resources and overall MYPOW implementation and review.  

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World Bank Outlines Brazil's Opportunities for Low-Carbon Growth [viewed]

17 June 2010: The World Bank has released a study titled "Brazil Low-Carbon Country Case Study," which finds that this country could reduce its gross greenhouse gas (GHG)  emissions by up to 37% between 2010 and 2030, while maintaining the development goals set out by the government for that period, and without negatively affecting growth or jobs.

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FAO Releases Report on Bioenergy and Food Security in Tanzania [viewed]

June 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report on “Bioenergy and Food Security: The BEFS Analysis for Tanzania,” which aims to support the development of bioenergy policies that are aligned with Tanzania's poverty reduction and food security strategies.

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World Day to Combat Desertification Celebrated [viewed]

17 June 2010: In statements marking World Day to Combat Desertification, celebrated annually on 17 June, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja have called attention to the interlinkages between soil, biodiversity and climate change.

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WFP Releases Annual Report for 2010 [viewed]

June 2010: The World Food Programme (WFP) has released its annual report for 2010, titled "Fighting Hunger Worldwide." The report indicates that the number of hungry people worldwide grew to over one billion.

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OECD, FAO Release Agriculture Outlook 2010-2019 [viewed]

15 June 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have released their sixth Agriculture Outlook, which projects the global markets of key agricultural commodities in order to build consensus on how global agriculture may evolve in the coming decade and the key issues impacting its course.

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Event: Expert Meeting on Agricultural Drought Indices [viewed]

This meeting was organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), with support from the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and hosted by the Hydrographic Confederation of Segura.  

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WMO Expert Meeting Recommends Agricultural Drought Indices [viewed]

8 June 2010: Nineteen scientists from all regions adopted recommendations for monitoring agricultural droughts in an effort to ensure better understanding of the conditions that are critical for regular food production.

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EU Scientific Board on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change Holds First Meeting [viewed]

10 June 2010: The first meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board for the EU Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change convened in Paris, France, on 10 June 2010, to prepare a European-level work programme to coordinate nationally-funded research aimed at securing a safe and sustainable food supply.

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European Commission Encourages Certification of Biofuels [viewed]

10 June 2010: To prepare for implementation of the 2009 EU Renewable Energy Directive, the European Commission has released three documents on biofuels: a communication on voluntary schemes and default values in the EU biofuels and bioliquids sustainability scheme; a communication on the practical implementation of the EU biofuels and bioliquids sustainability scheme and on counting rules for biofuels; and a decision on guidelines for the calculation of land carbon stocks.

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