Agriculture & Food Security

SIWI Releases Report on Water Cooperation Ahead of World Water Week [viewed]

SIWI8 August 2013: The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) has released a report, titled 'Cooperation for a Water Wise World: Partnerships for Sustainable Development.' The report will serve as an input to World Water Week, taking place from 1-6 September 2013, in Stockholm, Sweden, on the same theme.

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ICRAF Annual Report Welcomes a 20-Year Strategy for Agroforestry [viewed]

cgiar-icraf13 August 2013: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) released its 2012-2013 annual report welcoming the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Consortium Research Program 6 'Forests, Trees and Agroforestry' (CRP6), and the associated collaboration with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

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Adaptation Fund Board Approves Project Proposal in Mali, Invites Comments on Environmental and Social Policy [viewed]

Adaptation Fund15 August 2013: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has released the report of its 21st meeting, which was held back-to-back with the 12th meetings of the AFB's Project and Programme Review Committee and the Ethics and of the Finance Committee. 

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Interviews with Incoming and Outgoing Director Generals Outline Future of Bioversity International [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalAugust 2013: In parallel interviews presented in an edition of International Innovations, Emile Frison, the outgoing Director General of Bioversity International, and Ann Tutwiler, incoming Director General, describe their visions for conserving agricultural biodiversity.

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Farmers Face Challenges Adopting Climate-Smart Approaches [viewed]

FAO14 August 2013: A three-year project of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released preliminary findings on the constraints preventing farmers in Malawi, Viet Nam and Zambia from adopting agricultural approaches that further local adaptation to and mitigation of climate change.

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CCAFS Workshop Develops Evaluation Methods for Climate-Information Services [viewed]

CCAFSAugust 2013: To provide assistance to better understand the impacts of agro-meteorological service information on farmer livelihood, a dozen experts gathered in Kaffrine, Senegal, to develop a methodology to evaluate climate services for farmers in Africa and South Asia. The methodology aimed to be: gender-responsive; quantitative; community-based and context specific; iterative; and scalable.

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Secretary-General Reports on Progress towards Poverty Eradication [viewed]

United Nations24 July 2013: A new report of the UN Secretary-General examines progress towards poverty eradication worldwide. Drawing links between poverty, hunger, unemployment, inequality and climate change, the report recommends policies that put sustainable development at the core of the post-2015 development agenda to reach the goal of complete eradication of poverty.

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World Bank's Water Partnership Program Releases Summary of Phase I [viewed]

wppAugust 2013: The World Bank's Water Partnership Program (WPP), a multi-donor initiative launched in January 2009, has released a report titled 'Sharing Smart Solutions in Water,' which compiles the key outcomes of the WPP Phase I (2009–2012). 

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First Africa Food Security and Adaptation Conference Focuses on Ecosystem-based Approaches [viewed]

FAO UNEP21 August 2013: The First Africa Food Security and Adaptation Conference: Harnessing Ecosystem-based Approaches for Food Security and Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa was convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in collaboration with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), other UN agencies, governments and other stakeholders. The Conference explored ecosystem-based approaches to enhance food security, ecosystem productivity and climate change adaptation in Africa.

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UNEP Releases Green Economy Modelling Report of South Africa [viewed]

UNEP23 August 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a report titled 'Green Economy Modelling Report of South Africa - Focus on Natural Resource Management, Agriculture, Transport and Energy Sectors,' developed with technical assistance from the Millennium Institute and the Sustainability Institute, in collaboration with the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies of the Stellenbosch University. The study assesses the impacts of green investments in four of the country's key economic sectors: agriculture, energy, transport and natural resource management.

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