Agriculture & Food Security

UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Review Reports of Annual Submissions [viewed]

19 April 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the reports of the individual review of the annual submissions of Latvia, Romania, Germany and Denmark, submitted in 2009.

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Event: CIF Sub-Committee Meetings [viewed]

The Climate Investment Funds Sub-Committees will meet at World Bank headquarters to continue work on the Scaling Up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries Program (SREP), the Pilot Program on Climate Resilience (PPCR), and the Forest Investment Program (FIP).  

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First Conference of Ministers Responsible for Meteorology in Africa Adopts Nairobi Declaration [viewed]

16 April 2010: The First Conference of African ministers responsible for meteorology adopted the Nairobi Declaration in response to the increasing risks and threats to development posed by climate variability and change. The Conference, which was organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), in partnership with the African Union Commission, gathered around 30 ministers in Nairobi, Kenya, on 15-16 April 2010.

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Event: FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

This Regional Conference is held every two years and provides a regional forum to evaluate activities of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and formulate recommendations for the coming biannual period. The Conference also analyzes the main challenges that both FAO and governments face, and represents an opportunity to establish a high level dialogue on rural development, fisheries, forestry, and food security and agriculture. Climate change and its impact on agricultural, forestry and fisheries production in Latin America and the Caribbean is a key item on the agenda.  

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IFPRI Releases Papers on Climate Change Impacts in Ethiopia and Southern Africa [viewed]

April 2010: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released two discussion papers on: climate change impacts on the hydrology and irrigation of the Limpopo River Basin of Southern Africa; and the impact of changing precipitation patterns on crop production in Ethiopia.

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IFPRI Releases Brief on Collective Action and Property Rights in Climate Change Strategies [viewed]

April 2010: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a brief that focuses on how the poor can adapt to climate change and participate in mitigation practices.

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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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