Agriculture & Food Security

Event: Second Africa Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

This meeting is being organized by the African Union Commission, the Government of Kenya and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), in collaboration with the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) of the World Bank. This conference will be held parallel to the First Conference of Ministers responsible for meteorology in Africa, organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in conjunction with the African Union Commission.

The conference on disaster risk reduction and its technical segment will aim to: discuss and adopt the extended Programme of Action for the Implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy for disaster risk reduction (2006-2015); define a regional mechanism and the resources to coordinate, support and monitor the implementation of the Africa Strategy and Programme of Action for disaster risk reduction (2006-2010); and link the outcomes of UNFCCC COP 15 to the extended Programme of Action for the Implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy for disaster risk reduction (2006-2015).  

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Event: Geneva Trade and Biodiversity Day [viewed]

This event is co-organized by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). It will focus on the intersection between trade and biodiversity policy in the promotion of sustainable development. Participants will also explore the links between trade policy and biodiversity as it relates to sectoral themes, including agriculture, intellectual property, fisheries and climate change.  

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IRRI Releases April-June Edition of Rice Today [viewed]

7 April 2010: The April-June edition of Rice Today, a publication of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), includes an update on an Environment and Climate Change Seminar Series of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies and highlights the need for rice farmers to adapt to a changing climate.

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WFP Launches Tree-Planting Initiative in Tajikistan [viewed]

7 April 2010: The World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a tree-planting initiative in Tajikistan, which aims to secure a future source of food for the hungry poor, as well as offset some of WFP's carbon footprint. In two food-insecure areas of Tajikistan, the west and in the eastern Rasht Valley, WFP has given 800 families 40 trees each of the following varieties: apricot, pomegranate, cherry, mulberry, almond, pistachio and pine.

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UN Commission for Social Development Report Released [viewed]

April 2010: The report of the 48th session of the UN Commission for Social Development, which convened in February 2010, has been released (E/2010/26). The report focuses on the priority theme of social integration and reviews relevant UN plans and programmes of action pertaining to the situation of social groups.

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FAO's Silva Mediterranea Newsletter Focuses on Adaptation [viewed]

2 April 2010: Silva Mediterranea, a statutory body of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) covering the Mediterranean region, released its third newsletter, which presents activities, studies and projects on adaptation of forests to climate change across the Mediterranean region.

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UN Secretary-General's Report for Rio+20 Preparatory Committee Released [viewed]

1 April 2010: The UN Secretary-General's report on "Progress to date and remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits in the area of sustainable development and analysis of the themes for the Conference" (A/CONF.216/PC/2) has been released in preparation for the 17-19 May 2010 Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, which will meet in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, in 2012 (Rio+20).

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WHO Editorial Discusses Public Perceptions of Climate Change [viewed]

31 March 2010: The Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO) features an editorial titled “Science, media and public perception: implications for climate and health policies.”

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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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