Agriculture & Food Security

CGIAR Highlights Tools that Improve Farming Responses to Drought [viewed]

6 March 2013: In the context of the upcoming High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 11-15 March 2013, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is highlighting a collection of tools and outputs of its research centers that are contributing to more effective responses to drought.

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EBRD Seminar Discusses Second Generation Biofuels [viewed]

15 March 2013: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) organized a seminar, titled “Waste-to-Energy and Next-Generation Biofuels,” which brought together 18 agricultural companies, industry experts and investors from 12 countries to discuss the economic potential associated with agricultural residues, in particular for the production of second generation biofuels.

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FAOSTAT Expands to Include Greenhouse Gas Data [viewed]

FAOMarch 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has expanded the services offered by the FAOSTAT information platform to include a domain on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as FAO expands its agri-environmental indicators to help countries identify, assess and report on environmental statistics.

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FAO Updates Database of Agriculture, Forestry and Land Mitigation Projects [viewed]

FAOMarch 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has produced an updated assessment of the current status of land-based sectors in carbon markets through its Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture Project (MICCA). The report, titled "Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use Mitigation Project Database," presents analyses of project methodologies and sizes, as well as regional differences in project types and scheme development.

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Event: Ecuador AFOLU Greenhouse Gas Inventory Meeting [viewed]

This meeting is organized by the Ministry of Environment of Ecuador, and will be facilitated by representatives of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Coalition for Rainforest Nations (CfRN)/CD-REDD, the Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture (MICCA) Programme of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and the UN-REDD Programme. The main objective of the meeting is to develop a joint effort to support capacity development on: implementing greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory in the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) sector; reporting under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); and setting of institutional arrangement and facilitating communication among relevant stakeholders in Ecuador.  

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UNDP, GEF Progam Tackles Drought Adaptation, Climate Change in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Zimbabwe [viewed]

UNDP - GEF11 March 2013: Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and Zimbabwe are addressing drought-adaptation and climate change through an ongoing UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) program, titled “Coping with Drought and Climate Change.” The three-year program aims to increase the use of drought-adaptation farming techniques and coping mechanisms and to facilitate sharing of experience and knowledge among the four countries.

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UNCCD, WMO Launch Global Campaign for Drought Mitigation [viewed]

13 March 2013:  The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have launched a global campaign on drought preparedness and risk management. The Campaign was inaugurated on 13 March, during the High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP) in Geneva, Switzerland.

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UNFCCC Publishes Liechtenstein's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

11 March 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2012 annual submission of Liechtenstein (FCCC/ARR/2012/LIE), which states that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions increased by 1.1% between 1990 and 2010.

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UNFCCC Publishes Lithuania's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

8 March 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2012 annual submission of Lithuania (FCCC/ARR/2012/LTU), which found that Lithuania's total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions increased by 56.9% between 1990 and 2010.

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ICRAF Opens New West Africa Office in Sierra Leone [viewed]

March 2013: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has opened a new office in Freetown, Sierra Leone, to support the Building Biocarbon and Rural Development in West Africa Project (BIODEV).

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