Agriculture & Food Security

Food and Energy Crisis: Time to Rethink Development Policy [viewed]

Food and Energy Crisis: Time to Rethink Development Policy 12 October 2008: This publication summarizes the discussion of the High Level North-South Dialogue on Food Security and Energy Security, which was co-organized by South Centre and the Permanent Mission of Indonesia in Geneva, Switzerland, on 17 June 2008, as part of the ‘South Intellectual Platform.'

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UNCCD Executive Secretary Calls for Global Partnership Towards Effective Disaster Reduction [viewed]

UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja 8 October 2008: In a statement to mark the International Day

of Disaster Reduction, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja highlighted that action on climate change

mitigation and adaptation must consider managing risks to drought in a global

coordinated approach, and said the Hyogo Framework for action is a platform to

achieve these considerations.

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FAO Calls for Review of Biofuel Policies [viewed]

The State of Food and Agriculture 2008 7 October 2008: The 2008 edition of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) State of the World's Food and Agriculture Report focuses on the prospects, risks and opportunities for biofuels. The report addresses key questions relating to the benefits and impacts of biofuel production and use, including impacts on food security, land and water resources, as well as contributions to greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction and agricultural development.

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WMO Secretary-General Addresses Gambia Climate Change Forum [viewed]

WMO Statement at the Gambia Climate Change Forum 7 October 2008: Addressing the Gambia Climate Change Forum,

taking place in Kololi, the Gambia, from 6-7 October 2008, the

Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Michel

Jarraud, stated that the potential impacts of climate variability and change on

water resources demand special attention, particularly in Africa.

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UNCTAD Publication: Making Certification Work for Sustainable Development: The Case of Biofuels [viewed]

Making Certification Work for Sustainable Development: The Case of Biofuels 3 October 2008: This UN Conference on Trade and Development publication reviews biofuel certification schemes that are already in place or are being developed, including: benefits and drawbacks of such schemes; implications for developing countries; and possible ramifications of certification in the context of the World Trade Organization.

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IFPRI Publishes Essays on Policy Responses to Food Crisis [viewed]

Policy Responses to Food Crisis October 2008: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFRPI) has published three essays addressing critical questions regarding policy responses to the current food crisis. The essays by Joachim von Braun, IFPRI Director General, Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), and Namanga Ngongi, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), point to the dangers and pitfalls of misguided policies, but also to the potential opportunities for responding in a way that prevents future crises and ensures food security in the long term. In addition to the most pressing questions of delivering immediate relief to populations affected by hunger and the strategic issues of the long-term stabilization of food production and food markets, the essays also address impacts of current biofuel policies and climate change on agriculture.

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CBD Secretariat Calls for Information on Agricultural Biodiversity with regard to Climate Change [viewed]

CBD Secretariat Calls for Information on Agricultural Biodiversity with regard to Climate Change 3 October 2008: In accordance with Decision IX/1 of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the

CBD Secretariat has invited parties, other governments and relevant

organizations to supply information on various aspects of agricultural

biodiversity conservation, including lessons learned about the conservation and

sustainable use of agricultural biodiversity, for consideration in climate

change adaptation and mitigation planning and cross-sectoral planning in

agricultural areas.

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Winners of the 2008 Equator Prize Announced: Special Recognition for Community Approaches in Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

Equator Initiative selects winners for global biodiversity conservation Prize

1 October 2008: The UN-backed Equator Initiative has

announced the 25 winners of the Equator Prize 2008, which recognizes

exceptional leadership in slashing poverty through conservation and sustainable

biodiversity efforts.

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UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Underlines Climate Change's Exacerbating Effects on the Food Crisis [viewed]

John Holmes, USG for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

1 October 2008: In an editorial column published on 30

September 2008 in the Washington Times, John Holmes, UN Under-Secretary-General

for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, stressed the urgent

need for a Green Revolution in Africa to deal, inter alia, with the challenges

of climate change and the food and oil crises.

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Impacts of Europe's Changing Climate – 2008 Indicator-Based Assessment [viewed]

Impacts of Europe's changing climate - 2008 indicator-based assessment 29 September 2008: This European Environment Agency (EEA) report presents past and projected climate change and impacts in Europe, based on approximately 40 indicators, and identifies sectors and regions that are vulnerable and require adaptation.

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