Agriculture & Food Security

WIPO Conference Discusses Intellectual Property Policies in Africa [viewed]

13 March 2013: African Ministers for science and technology from approximately 20 countries, along with researchers and entrepreneurs, attended the "African Conference on the Strategic Importance of Intellectual Property Policies to Foster Innovation, Value Creation and Competitiveness" to discuss how developing countries can boost their national innovation strategies and address key global challenges such as health, food security and climate change.

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ICRAF Policy Brief Addresses Gender in Climate-Smart Smallholder Agriculture [viewed]

March 2013: A policy brief by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), titled "Addressing Gender in Climate-Smart Smallholder Agriculture," focuses on the constraints that are preventing women from participating in smallholder carbon and climate-smart activities.

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GEF SGP Implements Community Based Adaptation Portfolio in Caribbean SIDS [viewed]

SGP6 March 2013: The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) has announced it is implementing a portfolio of Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) projects of over US$16 million, leveraged from various partners and donors.

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IFPRI Study Documents Climate Change Impacts on Rice in Viet Nam [viewed]

15 March 2013: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a discussion paper, titled "How Are Farmers Adapting to Climate Change in Vietnam?" which highlights concern over climate change impacts on agriculture in Viet Nam, particularly rice, due to its sensitivity to temperature and water conditions.

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Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Project Focuses on Gender [viewed]

15 March 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced that the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project, jointly funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), is making gender a key consideration in its efforts to build resilience to climate change in Pacific island countries.

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ADB Showcases Water Security Achievements in Shanxi Province, China [viewed]

ADBMarch 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has showcased the achievements of an ADB-funded intervention in Shanxi Province, China, to strengthen agricultural production and conserve water. The ADB has provided an overview of ADB's agricultural development support to communities in Shanxi in addressing challenges related to water security, food production, and climate change challenges.

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GEF SGP Launches Community-Based Adaptation Project in Seychelles [viewed]

SGP6 March 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) has announced the launch of a new small island developing States community based adaption (SIDS-CBA) project in Seychelles. The project will work with coastal communities to address adaptation to coastal erosion and salinity from saltwater intrusion into agricultural lands.

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Global Conference Focuses on Solutions for Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

22 March 2013: The Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture, which took place at the University of California, Davis, US, brought together over 300 participants to discuss science-based solutions that use knowledge systems in new ways to increase the resilience of food systems and ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes in the context of future uncertainty on climate change and extreme events.

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FAO, UN-REDD Launch "REDD+ for Food Security" Photo Competition [viewed]

18 March 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), in collaboration with the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD), launched a photo competition on the theme "Nurture forests for the future - REDD+ for Food Security."

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GWP Workshop Discusses Climate Resilience in Bangladeshi Coastal Deltas [viewed]

19 March 2013: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) held a workshop on “Building Climate Resilience in the Bangladesh Delta: Managing for Effective Water Solutions,” which considered Bangladesh's present vulnerabilities to climate change and discussed long-term adaptation strategies for the coastal delta areas of Bangladesh.

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