Agriculture & Food Security

FAO Publishes Study on Small-Scale Bioenergy Production for Rural Development [viewed]

© FAO8 April 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UK's Department for International Development have published a study on the role of small-scale bioenergy production in local communities for rural development. The study, titled “Small-Scale Bioenergy Initiatives: Brief Description and Preliminary Lessons on Livelihood Impacts from Case Studies in Latin America, Asia and Africa,” reports on a series of 15 case studies of start-up bioenergy projects covering a range of bioenergy resources, such as residues from agriculture and forestry and liquid biofuels.

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UN-DESA Policy Brief Identifies Elements for a Global Green New Deal [viewed]

March 2009: The Director of the Division for Sustainable Development of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), Tariq Banuri, has co-authored a UN-DESA Policy Brief titled “A Global Green New Deal for Sustainable Development.”

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World Bank Presents Country Studies on Agriculture and Climate Change [viewed]

© World BankMarch 2009: The World Bank has published country notes for Latin America and the Caribbean on climate change and agriculture.

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FAO Urges Including Agriculture in Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

© FAO2 April 2009: Speaking at the UNFCCC climate change talks taking place in Bonn, Germany, Alexander Müller, Assistant Director-General, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), urged policy makers to include agriculture in negotiations on a post-2012 climate change treaty.

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UN Secretary-General Welcomes G20 Leaders' Pledge to Reach Agreement in Copenhagen [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon2 April 2009: In a statement to the G20 Summit, which took place on 2 April 2009, in London, UK, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the G20 leaders' commitment to a $1.1 trillion package and their recognition of the interlinkages between tackling the economic crisis and addressing food security and climate change.

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CIFOR Releases Working Paper on Climate Scenarios in Adaptation Planning [viewed]

© CIFORApril 2009: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), a research center of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), released a Working Paper titled “Climate Scenarios: What We Need to Know and How to Generate Them.” The paper provides an overview of the role of climate scenarios in adaptation planning and outlines what should be considered when they are generated and used.

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IFPRI Releases Brief on Including Agriculture in Copenhagen's Agenda [viewed]

30 March 2009: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a brief titled “Agriculture and Climate Change: An Agenda for Negotiation in Copenhagen.”

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King and Queen of Sweden Meet Heads of FAO, IFAD and WFP [viewed]

King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia and Jacques Diouf (right to left). Photo credit, FAO

26 March 2009: King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden met with Jacques Diouf, Director-General, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Lennart Båge, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and Josette Sheeran, Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP), to discuss the global food security situation, the impact of climate change on agriculture and the effects of the financial crisis on food prices.

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ICRISAT Research Provides Innovations for Adaptation of Dryland Agriculture [viewed]

25 March 2009: The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-arid Tropics (ICRISAT), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, has released research results and innovations for the adaptation of dryland agriculture to the impacts of climate change. The press release states that yield loss due to climate change can be minimized through the use of adapted and improved crop varieties together with soil and water management innovations. These strategies can be supported through capacity building and development of improved varieties and hybrids that are better targeted for climate change adaptation.

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IEA Bioenergy Organizing Workshop on Land Use Changes Due to Bioenergy [viewed]

25 March 2009: IEA Bioenergy, an international collaborative research programme on bioenergy created by the International Energy Agency (IEA), is organizing a workshop titled “Land Use Changes Due to Bioenergy: Quantifying and Managing Climate Change and other Environmental Impacts.” The Workshop will convene from 30 March-1 April 2009, in Helsinki, Finland, and will address the magnitude and methods for assessment of direct and indirect land use changes (LUC), and drivers of indirect LUC and mechanisms for their management.

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