Agriculture & Food Security

DSD Organizes Multistakeholder Dialogue on Implementing Sustainable Development [viewed]

1 February 2010: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Division for Sustainable Development (DSD), convened a Multistakeholder Dialogue on Implementing Sustainable Development on 1 February 2010, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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UN Secretary-General Visits Biofarm Project [viewed]

30 January 2010: During a visit to an integrated bioeconomy system project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored that Ethiopia is one of the countries that has suffered the consequences of climate change, in particular due to deforestation.

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ITTO Newsletter Examines the Competitiveness of REDD and Oil Palm [viewed]

1 February 2010:  The latest issue of the International Tropical Timber Organization's (ITTO) newsletter, Tropical Forest Update,  includes an article that questions whether payments for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) can make natural forests competitive with oil palm plantations.

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General Assembly of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development Takes Stock of Agriculture's Role in Climate Change [viewed]

28 January 2010: The annual General Assembly of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development, an organization of global donors, met in Rome, Italy, from 26-27 January 2010, to consider issues related to agriculture and rural development in working sessions addressing: agriculture and climate change; aid for trade and development; land and development; and lessons from the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme.

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ILRI, Equity Bank and UAP Insurance Launch Project to Insure Livestock Against Drought [viewed]

27 January 2010: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has joined with Equity Bank and UAP Insurance to offer index-based insurance to rural herders in arid areas of Northern Kenya.

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ADB Funds Adaptation in Viet Nam [viewed]

13 January 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Australia will provide funding for a project to support adaptation in Viet Nam's low-lying Mekong Delta region.

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UN Plants Trees in Southern Lebanon [viewed]

18jan_10_0415 January 2010: The UN blue helmets have initiated a project to reforest parts of southern Lebanon with 2,300 trees, including pine, walnut and olive trees.

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AU-China Cooperation to Focus on Climate Change [viewed]

africanunionlogo12 January 2010: On the occasion of the signing of a US$14 million grant agreement on economic and technical cooperation between China and the African Union (AU) Commission, the two parties highlighted the need for continued cooperation on climate change issues.

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UNECE Highlights Links between Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution Convention and Climate Change [viewed]

18jan_10_07January 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released a brochure titled "Clearing the Air: 30th Anniversary of the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution," which reviews the Convention's three decades of achievements in protecting human health, agriculture, freshwater, and historic and cultural monuments.

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FAO Publishes Paper on the Role of Livestock and Pastoral Systems in Climate Change [viewed]

14jan_10_0213 January 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released a Land and Water Discussion Paper that addresses opportunities for mitigation and adaptation in dryland pastoral systems.

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