Agriculture & Food Security

UNEP Synthesis Report on Biomass Science Calls for More Sophisticated Approach to Biofuels Production [viewed]

© UNEP16 October 2009: The United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management has published its first report, entitled “Towards Sustainable Production and Use of Resources: Assessing Biofuels.”

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UNESCAP Releases Report on Greening Growth in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

© UNESCAPOctober 2009: The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) has released a report entitled “Greening Growth in Asia and the Pacific.”

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FAO Focuses on “Food Security in Times of Crisis” to Mark World Food Day [viewed]

© FAO16 October 2009: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) observed annual World Food Day, celebrated on 16 October, with events around the world focusing on the theme of “achieving food security in times of crisis.”

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GEF SGP Funds Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

© GEF13 October 2009: The Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) scheme, an initiative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) funded by the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP), provides technical support to communities who want to understand what climate change is and how they could potentially deal with it.

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FAO High-Level Forum Highlights Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture [viewed]

© FAO13 October 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) convened a two-day high-level forum on “How to Feed the World in 2050,” from 12-13 October 2009, at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.

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Bioversity International to Chart Agrobiodiversity-Based Adaptation [viewed]

© COPYRIGHTFOTO October 2009: Bioversity International's Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research project on climate change is collecting information about initiatives on adaptation to climate change based on the use of agrobiodiversity.

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IDB Funds Second-Generation Biofuels in Chile [viewed]

© IDB6 October 2009: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will fund a feasibility study in Chile to explore sustainable biodiesel derived from forest industry byproducts and wood waste, which do not compete with food production.

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ILO Project Addresses Impact of Changing Weather Patterns on the Local Economy [viewed]

© ILO6 October 2009: The International Labour Organization (ILO) has a launched a new project to reduce the impact of changing weather patterns on the local economy.

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FAO Highlights the Risks of Climate Change to Food Security in Report on “How to Feed the World in 2050” [viewed]

© FAO8 October 2009: A new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) details the investment required to ensure food security in 2050, noting both the impacts of climate change on agricultural production, as well as the mitigation potential of agriculture.

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Climate Change at the Centre of UN General Assembly's Second Committee General Debate [viewed]

© UN7 October 2009: During the final stages of the general debate of the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly, several countries underscored the links between climate change, poverty reduction and food security.

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