Agriculture & Food Security

World Bank Outlines Benefits of Climate Action [viewed]

World Bank25 June 2013: Noting that the world is heading towards an increase in average temperature of 4° Celsius by the end of the century, a World Bank report titled 'Growing Green: The Economic Benefits of Climate Action' highlights three strategic areas of investment – energy efficiency, cleaner energy and improved natural resource management – to promote green growth and climate change resilience, particularly in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region.

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World Bank Increases Resilience of Coastal Population in Bangladesh [viewed]

world-bank_cif26 June 2013: The World Bank is providing $400 million to increase the resilience of coastal population to tidal flooding and natural disasters in Bangladesh. This funding will benefit 8.5 million people and is expected to improve agriculture development, employment and food security in the country.

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Event: Global Landscapes Forum [viewed]

This Forum will convene on the margins of the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by the Collaborative Programme on Forests (CPF) and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Research Program on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). The Forum will focus on four main themes: investing in sustainable landscapes and livelihoods; landscape policy and governance; synergies between adapting to, and mitigating climate change in landscapes; and landscapes for food security and nutrition. The Global Landscapes Forum will combine into one event two annual conferences on the role of forests and agriculture in mitigating and adapting to climate change: Forest Day and Agricultural and Rural Development Day.  

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GEO-5 Report Highlights Impacts of a Changing Environment on Business [viewed]

geo521 June 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), together with SustainAbility and the Green Light Group, has released a report titled 'GEO-5 for Business: Impacts of a Changing Environment on the Corporate Sector.' Based on UNEP's Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5), the report offers an analysis of specific risks faced by the construction, chemicals, mining, food and other industries, and suggests ways in which businesses can adjust to create long-term competitive advantages.

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GEF Approves US$33 Million Grants for Climate Change Adaptation in Africa [viewed]

AFDB GEF2 July 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council recently approved several grants for promoting adaptation to climate change in Cameroon, Djibouti, Kenya, Angola and Madagascar. These grants will be channelled through the African Development Bank (AfDB).

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UNDP Reports on Reforestation Achievements in Haiti [viewed]

UNDP24 June 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has reported on a series of reforestation projects in Haiti, where less than two percent of the land is forested. The projects are meant to reduce the country's vulnerability to climate change and natural disasters.

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IFAD 2012 Annual Report Stresses Growth, Transparency and Response to Food Security Challenges [viewed]

IFADJuly 2013: In its 2012 Annual Report, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) documents the growth of the Fund from $7.9 to $11.9 billion since 2009, and highlights the new Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) as one of a number of new directions and initiatives.

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WMO Report Concludes 2001-2010 Warmest Decade on Record [viewed]

WMO3 July 2012: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released a report, titled 'The Global Climate 2001-2010: A Decade of Climate Extremes,' which concludes that more national temperature records were broken than in any previous decade since measurements began in 1850, and that the world experienced unprecedented high-impact climate extremes during 2001-2010.

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Global Network of River Basins Workshop Discusses Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

UNECE3 July 2013: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) hosted the fourth workshop on water and climate change in transboundary river basins, which also served as the first meeting of the global network of river basins on climate change adaptation.

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EEA Calls for Bioenergy Production to Follow EU Resources Efficiency Principles [viewed]

EEA3 July 2013: A new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) provides an analysis of Europe's bioenergy potential from an energy efficiency perspective. It notes the critical tradeoffs in bioenergy between land use for energy vs. agricultural crops, and the challenge associated with analyzing the environmental impacts and advantages of bioenergy.

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