Agriculture & Food Security

UN Secretary-General at Saint Louis University: “We All Have a Stake in Fighting Climate Change” [viewed]

12 June 2009: In an address at Saint Louis University, Missouri, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored that climate change exacerbates the food crisis and called for urgent action to stop the planet from warming, noting the costs of inaction.

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UNHRC Holds Discussion Panel on Human Rights and Climate Change [viewed]

15 June 2009: During its 11th session, taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2-19 June 2009, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR) held a panel discussion on the relationship between climate change and human rights in order to contribute to the realization of the goals set out in the Bali Action Plan.

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World Agroforestry Center Launches REDD-Alert Project [viewed]

© World Agroforestry Center June 2009: The World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has initiated a research project on the socioeconomic drivers and impacts of deforestation.

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CIFOR Study on Oil Palm Plantations Identifies Research Needs on Biofuels and Carbon Impacts [viewed]

June 2009: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has published a study on the impacts and research needs with regard to oil palm plantations, covering, among other issues, the impacts of increased cultivation for biofuel production.

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UNCCD's Land Day Discusses Linkages between Climate Change and Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought [viewed]

© ENB7 June 2009: On 6 June 2009, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat hosted “Land Day” at the Gustav-Stresemann-Institut, in Bonn, Germany.

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FAO Releases Fifth Issue of its FoodClimate E-newsletter [viewed]

June 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has published the fifth issue of its FoodClimate E-newsletter.

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UN Secretary-General Emphasizes U Thant's ‘One World' Concept in Tackling Climate Change [viewed]

© UN3 June 2009: In a speech given at a lunch in honor of the centenary of the birth of former UN Secretary-General U Thant, in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that U Thant was at the origin of the concept of ‘One World' and underlined that the food, energy, financial and climate crises emphasize “the interconnections of our ‘One World'.”

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IFPRI Policy Briefs Lay out Agenda on Agriculture and Climate Change for Copenhagen [viewed]

© IFPRI May 2009: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a collection of policy briefs addressing technical and policy issues on agriculture and climate change that should be addressed as part of a new international agreement on climate change.

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IFPRI Urges Including Agriculture in Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

28 May 2009: In its latest edition of IFPRI Forum, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) urges including agriculture in the negotiations for a new international agreement on climate change in Copenhagen.

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FAO and IFAD Collaborate on Study that Identifies Biofuels and Carbon Markets as Partial Drivers of International Land Acquisition Deals [viewed]

© 26 May 2009: A collaborative study by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) suggests that increased demand for biofuels and, to a lesser extent, increased land values through emerging carbon markets, are among the factors that drive international land acquisition deals.

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