Agriculture & Food Security

AfricaRice Project Studies Climate Change and Rice Diseases [viewed]

March 2010: AfricaRice, a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has initiated a project on the relationship between plant disease and climate change called “Mitigating the impact of climate change on rice disease resistance in East Africa.”

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Event: International Symposium on Climate Change Effects on Fish and Fisheries: Forecasting Impacts, Assessing Ecosystem Responses and Evaluating Management Strategies [viewed]

This symposium is supported by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the North Pacific Marine Sciences Organization (PICES). Participants will: discuss techniques for investigating the impacts of climate change on populations of fish and shellfish in capture and cultured fisheries; examine observational, analytical and modelling approaches; identify analytical techniques for forecasting climate change impacts on marine fish and shellfish populations; and discuss policies and strategies for society and users of marine resources to consider in the face of a changing climate and altered marine ecosystems.  

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CGIAR and IFAD Highlight the Importance of Partnership-Based Research [viewed]

31 March 2010: At the first Global Conference on Agriculture Research for Development (GCARD) held in Montpelier, France, from 29-31 March 2010, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) introduced its proposed large-scale collective-action programmes through eight thematic areas, including one on climate change and agriculture.

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World Agroforestry Center and COMESA Host Workshop on Agroforestry Opportunities [viewed]

31 March 2010: Scientists from 14 countries in Eastern Southern Africa convened at a workshop hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) to discuss how to improve the participation of African countries in global carbon markets.

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2010 Economic Report on Africa Released [viewed]

30 March 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Union Commission have published the 2010 Economic Report on Africa, which is titled “Promoting High-level Sustainable Growth to Reduce Unemployment in Africa.” The Report, which is published annually, highlights the economic impacts of climate change in the African region, among other topics.

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IFPRI Publishes Study on the EU Biofuels Mandate [viewed]

March 2010: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has published a report titled “Global Trade and Environmental Impact Study of the EU Biofuels Mandate.” The report is one of four commissioned by the European Commission to assess the impacts of the 10% target for the use of renewable energy in road transport fuels by 2020.

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FAO Launches Survey on Agricultural Mitigation Projects [viewed]

30 March 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched a survey to gather information on all existing agricultural mitigation projects in developing countries into a comprehensive database. The survey aims to identify existing agricultural projects that either reduce, avoid or absorb/sequester greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through agricultural practices.

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IWMI and WorldFish Center Release Report on Climate Change in Southeast Asia [viewed]

March 2010: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and WorldFish Center, both members of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), have released a report titled "Scoping Study on Natural Resources and Climate Change in Southeast Asia with a Focus on Agriculture," with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

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Event: EastAgri Annual Meeting [viewed]

This meeting will include a round table discussion on: Can agricultural investment co-exist with climate change policies?  

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Event: Forest Day 4 [viewed]

This event will be held alongside the 16th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and will be organized by a number of organizations, including the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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