Agriculture & Food Security

OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2009 Analyzes Interactions between Food Prices, Energy Markets and Biofuel Policies [viewed]

© FAO June 2009: The 15th edition of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)-UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Agricultural Outlook addresses, among other issues, the interdependence between food and energy markets and the possible impacts of expanding demand for biofuels on agricultural commodity prices.

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Global Humanitarian Forum and WMO Announce Initiative to Revolutionize Africa's Weather Monitoring Network [viewed]

© WMO18 June 2009: The Global Humanitarian Forum and its President, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, together with Ericsson, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), mobile telecommunications company Zain, and the Earth Institute at Columbia University have announced an initiative, dubbed “Weather Info for All,” which will seek to improve Africa's weather monitoring network in the face of the growing impact of climate change.

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ECLAC Organizes Seminar on Carbon Footprint of Consumer Goods and Carbon Labeling [viewed]

© ECLAC18 June 2009: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is organizing an expert meeting on “The Carbon Footprint in Agro food Goods and Services: A Contribution to Combating Global Warming” in Santiago, Chile, from 18-19 June 2009.

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UNCCD Marks World Day to Combat Desertification, Drylands Projects Announced [viewed]

© UNCCD<br /> 17 June 2009: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) selected the theme “Conserving land and water = Securing our common future” for the 17 June celebration of World Day to Combat Desertification.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Asia's Involvement in the Fight Against Climate Change [viewed]

16 June 2009: In a video message to the High-Level Dialogue: Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific, which was organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila, the Philippines, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recalled that 2009 is the year of climate change and listed its impacts in the Asian region, including shrinking glaciers that threaten water supplies and food security, rising sea levels, desertification and land degradation.

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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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