Agriculture & Food Security

Event: Seventh GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium [viewed]

Information and expertise on Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) implementation in the Asia-Pacific region will be exchanged under five working groups on: the Asian Water Cycle Initiative; agriculture and food security; forest carbon tracking; Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network; and ocean observation and society.  

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Ministerial Summit Renews GEO's Mandate [viewed]

geox17 January 2014: The Group on Earth Observations' (GEO) Tenth Plenary Session (GEO-X) and Geneva Ministerial Summit renewed GEO's mandate and launched the process for the development of a second 10-Year Implementation Plan for the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) to cover 2015-2025.

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Bioversity Releases Seeds for Needs Policy Briefs [viewed]

seedsforneedJanuary 2014: Bioversity International has released policy briefs from its Seeds for Needs project, which seeks to combine climate change scenarios with information on crop diversity to better understand autonomous and planned adaptation strategies in the face of climate change.

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ICRAF Publication Notes Need for Research on Agroforestry Benefits [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)10 January 2014: In a report, titled 'Agroforestry Solutions to Address Food Security and Climate Change Challenges in Africa,' the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) explores the potential of agroforestry, noting that while it can increase agricultural production in some circumstances, additional research is needed to establish the conditions under which a concrete link can be drawn between agroforestry and improved food security.  

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Bolivia Assumes Chair of G-77-China [viewed]

G77 and China8 January 2014: Bolivia took over from Fiji as Chair of the Group of 77 and China (G-77/China) during a special ceremony held at UN Headquarters in New York. Bolivian President Evo Morales attended the event, during which UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President of the General Assembly (PGA) John Ashe urged the Group to work collectively towards reaching: the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); a unified and universal post-2015 development agenda, with poverty eradication as the overarching goal; and a new global climate agreement.

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CCAFS Field Manual Tracks Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in Colombia [viewed]

CCAFS9 January 2014: The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) has developed a field manual in Spanish to document a range of adaptation and mitigation activities in Rio Las Piedras within Cauca, Colombia.

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Bioversity International Initiates Survey on Crops and Adaptation [viewed]

Bioversity International9 January 2014: In order to draw attention to the role of traditional crops in climate change adaptation and to help identify future avenues of research, Bioversity International is launching a global survey on stress-tolerant crops that have the potential to improve livelihoods of farmers and communities.

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CGIAR Explores Participatory Action in East African Agricultural Carbon Projects [viewed]

CCAFS9 January 2014: To evaluate the challenges and opportunities for strengthening and integrating local institutions into smallholder carbon projects, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research's (CGIAR) Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) has released a research report, titled 'Development of a Participatory Action Research Approach for Four Agricultural Carbon Projects in East Africa.'  

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IRRI/CCAFS Hold Training on GHG Emissions in SE Asia [viewed]

irri8 January 2014: Recognizing the significant potential greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from rice fields, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security program (CCAFS) organized a joint training to increase technical capacity of researchers in Southeast Asia to work on GHG mitigation research.

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OECD Releases 2013 Edition of Environment at a Glance [viewed]

OECD19 December 2013: The 2013 edition of 'Environment at a Glance,' a compilation of key environmental indicators published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), shows that progress has been made in some areas such as air pollution, transport and biodiversity protection, but underlines that more work is required to protect and sustainably use natural resources.

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