Agriculture & Food Security

UNEP Executive Director Calls for Investments in Ecological Infrastructure [viewed]

© UNEP14 May 2009: Speaking at the launch of the report “The Environmental Food Crisis: The Environment's Role in Averting Future Food Crises,” UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner stated that reversing environmental degradation and investing in ecological infrastructure such as forests, soils and water bodies is part of the Green Economy solution.

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UNCCD Executive Secretary: Crises Present Opportunity for Action [viewed]

© UNCCD13 May 2009: UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja told a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York, US, that the convergence of the global food, fuel, financial and economic crises, against a backdrop of climate change, present an opportunity for action to reshape the development agenda and should not be wasted.

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UNEP Launches Carbon Benefits Project [viewed]

© UNFCCC11 May 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Agroforestry Centre and partners have launched the Carbon Benefits Project, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Catchments in and around Lake Victoria have been chosen as a test case for calculating how much carbon can be stored in trees and soils when the land is managed in a sustainable, climate-friendly way.

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CBD Secretariat's Quarterly Report Includes Activities on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

© CBD5 May 2009: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published the quarterly report on the administration of the Convention, covering the period from January-March 2009. In relation to biodiversity and climate change, the report highlights the following activities: a capacity development workshop for the Pacific on National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans, the Mainstreaming of Biodiversity and the Integration of Climate Change (2-6 February 2009, Nadi, Fiji); and an online dialogue on the links between biodiversity, climate change adaptation and risks and vulnerabilities (9-20 March 2009) in preparation for the second meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change.

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UN Special Rapporteur to CSD: Consider Agricultural Production Modes That Do Not Contribute to Climate Change [viewed]

7 May 2009: UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Olivier De Schutter has submitted a contribution to the 17th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 17), which is meeting at UN Headquarters in New York, US, though 15 May 2009.

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IFAD Executive Board Encourages IFAD to Champion Procedures for Environmental Management and Sustainable Development at UNFCCC Meetings [viewed]

© IFAD30 April 2009: The 96th meeting of the International Fund for Agricultural Development's (IFAD) Executive Board, held 29-30 April in Rome, Italy, reviewed IFAD's procedures for environmental management and sustainable development and encouraged IFAD management to champion these rules at upcoming UNFCCC meetings.

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FAO Publishes Guidelines for Emergency Relief for Livestock Keepers Affected by Climate Change [viewed]

© Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards7 May 2009: A consortium consisting of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Feinstein International Center (Tufts University), the International Committee of the Red Cross, the African Union and Vétérinaires Sans Frontières (VSF) Europa, has published a set of Livestock Emergency Standards and Guidelines (LEGS) to assist in the design of emergency relief actions for livestock keepers affected by climate change.

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UNESCAP Releases Study on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

© UNESCAP7 May 2009: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) has released a study on sustainable agriculture and food security in Asia and the Pacific.

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WMO Workshop Develops Recommendations on Adaptation in West African Agriculture [viewed]

6 May 2009: The international workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in West African Agriculture, held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, from 27-30 April 2009, was jointly sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and partner organizations. The event brought together over 70 experts and decision makers to discuss and recommend climate change adaptation options for the agriculture, livestock, forestry and fisheries sectors in West Africa.

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IDB and FONTAGRO to Fund Climate Change Impact Studies [viewed]

© IDB5 May 2009: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Regional Fund for Agricultural Technology (FONTAGRO) have announced that they will fund three projects on adapting regional productive systems to climate change.

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