Agriculture & Food Security

First US-Africa Summit Addresses Energy, Food Security [viewed]

us.africa.summit6 August 2014: The US-Africa Summit, which brought together over 50 Heads of State from Africa and US President Barack Obama, addressed, inter alia: promoting inclusive sustainable development; expanding trade and investment ties; engaging young African leaders; and expanding cooperation on peace and security. The Summit also featured sessions on resilience and food security in a changing climate, and combatting wildlife trafficking.

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UN Secretary-General Releases Climate Summit 2014 Scenario [viewed]

climate-summit20144 August 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released the programme for the UN Climate Summit – Catalyzing Action, scheduled to take place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 23 September 2014.

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US Agencies Highlight Biogas Opportunities [viewed]

USA Flag1 August 2014: The US Department of Energy, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) have released the 'Biogas Opportunities Roadmap.' The report supports a partnership these agencies have fostered with private industry to voluntarily reduce US methane emissions. In particular, it highlights the "win-win" that biogas systems represent, in terms of climate change mitigation benefits and improving farmers' bottom lines.

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Food Security Project Supports Crop Conservation, Climate Resilience in Nepal [viewed]

wle-bioversity-gef-unepAugust 2014: Bioversity International has launched a project aimed to ensure food security in the Nepal Himalayas while supporting the sustainable use of traditional crop genetic resources and improving the resilience of agricultural ecosystems in the face of climate change.

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UNEP Tracks Adaptation Actions in Africa [viewed]

UNEPAugust 2014: The UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) has published a report, titled ‘Keeping Track of Adaptation Actions in Africa: Targeted Fiscal Stimulus Actions Making a Difference,' which reviews, for both policy makers and other stakeholders, the current and future implications of climate change impacts in Africa.

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Event: First Africa Regional Mountain Meeting [viewed]

The First African Mountains Regional Forum will take place under the theme, ‘Towards a Shared Mountain Agenda for Africa'. The Forum aims to frame a regional agenda for sustainable mountain development in African mountains as well as to enhance collaboration among African government institutions, academia, civil society and the private sector.

The Forum's objectives are to: identify strategic actions to address major emerging regional issues, such as climate change; and provide an opportunity for stakeholders to enhance understanding of common regional conservation and development issues, including challenges related to climate change, energy, food security and water in African mountain regions. The Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) and the African Mountain Partnerships Champions Committee are organizing the forum in partnership with the East African Community (EAC), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).  

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WorldFish Report Discusses Fisheries, Food Security and Climate Change in Kiribati [viewed]

WorldFishAugust 2014: WorldFish has released a report that examines fisheries governance and livelihoods in Kiribati. The report, titled ‘Fish for the Future: Fisheries development and food security for Kiribati in an era of global climate change,' analyzes the status of Kiribati coastal and ocean fisheries resources and discusses challenges related to sustainability and climate change; population, food security and coastal fisheries management; social challenges in Kiribati fisheries; and licensing revenue and development.

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Report Finds 'Coasts at Risk' in SIDS, Tropical States [viewed]

coastsatriskAugust 2014: Tropical and small island developing States (SIDS) are most at risk from exposure and vulnerability to coastal hazards, according to ‘Coasts at Risk: An Assessment of Coastal Risks and the Role of Environmental Solutions.' The report uses an indicator-based approach to assess risks from exposure and vulnerability to coastal hazards and identifies where environmental degradation increases these risks. The report then considers how environmental solutions, such as conservation and restoration, can contribute to risk reduction and conservation goals.

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UNEP, Japan Launch Asia Pacific Clean Air Partnership [viewed]

unep.japan25 July 2014: The Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Japanese Ministry of Environment have launched the 'Asia Pacific Clean Air Partnership,' aimed at bringing together existing regional initiatives to provide clear policy options, based on the best science, to support action on air pollution.

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Event: Fourth High-Level Round Table on the ITPGR [viewed]

Titled 'The International Treaty, Climate Change and Food Security,' the Fourth High-Level Round Table on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) will take place on the occasion of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly and the UN Secretary General's Climate Change Summit. It aims to facilitate high-level discussion of how monetary and non-monetary benefits generated from the utilization of plant germplasm under the Treaty can support agricultural innovation for breeding climate-smart seeds; discuss how to address climate change impacts on food crops through Treaty systems; and showcase the value of the Treaty's Benefit-sharing Fund and its projects for climate adaptation of food crops.  

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