Agriculture & Food Security

ICRISAT and Government of India Launch Platform for Translational Research on Transgenic Crops [viewed]

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

9 February 2009: The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and the Government of India's Department of Biotechnology (DBT) have initiated the establishment of a Platform for Translational Research on Transgenic Crops (PTTC). The Platform will combine the expertise of DBT and ICRISAT and build partnerships for agri-biotechnological research and development of products that meet the needs of agricultural growth and benefit poor farmers by improving their incomes.

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UN Secretary-General Calls on CARICOM to Address Climate Change and the Financial Crisis “in Tandem” [viewed]

Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM)

9 February 2009: In a speech given at the opening of the Fifth General Meeting of the UN and Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) and its Associated Institutions, taking place in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need for the two institutions to step up their collaboration in the face of multiple global crises. 

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WMO Supports Conference on Agrometeorology to Discuss Adaptation Issues [viewed]

February 2009: The International Conference on “Challenges and Opportunities in Agrometeorology” (INTROMET 2009), organized by the Indian Meteorological Society with the support of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), will take place from 23-25 February 2009, in New Delhi, India.

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UN Commission for Social Development Warns Against Impacts of Climate Change on the Most Vulnerable [viewed]

Ambassador Kirsti Lintonen of Finland, Chairperson of Commission for Social Development

4 February 2009: The UN Commission for Social Development is holding its 47th session from 4-13 February 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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FAO Calls for More Sustainable and Productive Farming Systems to Reduce Agriculture's Carbon Footprint [viewed]

Shivaji Pandey, Chairperson of FAO's Working Group on Biotechnology

4 February 2009: Speaking at the fourth World Congress on Conservation Agriculture (CA), held from 4-7 February 2009, in New Delhi, India, Shivaji Pandey, Director of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Plant Production and Protection Division, called on the world's farmers to adopt CA practices to ensure sustainable yield growth and reduce agriculture's carbon footprint.

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WMO to Hold Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in West African Agriculture [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

February 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) with the Drylands Development Centre of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme are organizing an International Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in West African Agriculture in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, which is tentatively scheduled for March 2009.

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IFPRI's Director Awarded Bertebos Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry [viewed]

29 January 2009: Joachim von Braun, Director of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), received the Bertebos Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry for his work in development economics and as the head of several development research institutions focusing on food, agriculture and rural poverty.

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IUCN Releases Reports on Sustainable Bioenergy Production and Linkages between Energy, Ecosystems and Livelihoods in the Face of Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

January 2009: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has published two reports on sustainable bioenergy production and on linkages between energy, ecosystems and livelihoods.

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IFAD President Calls on the Arab Agricultural Sector to Address Challenges of Food Security and Climate Change [viewed]

Lennart Båge, President of the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

18 January 2009: Speaking at the 31st Summit of the League Arab States (LAS), held from 17-18 January 2009, in Kuwait City, Lennart Båge, President of the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), called for re-engaging the agricultural sector to meet the challenges of food security and climate change, with particular attention to energy efficiency, water scarcity and the environment.

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Madrid High-level Meeting on Food Security for All Calls for Exploring Options for a Global Partnership for Agriculture and Food Security [viewed]

L-R: Lennart Bage, Anne Veneman, Josette Saheeran, Jacques Diouif, Peter Power, Ngozi N. Okonjo-Iweala and Luis Riera.

27 January 2009: The High-level Meeting on Food Security for All, held from 26-27 January 2009, in Madrid, Spain, issued a statement that calls for a consultative process on options for a Global Partnership for Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition. Convened by the Government of Spain and the UN, and attended by representatives of 126 countries as well as UN agencies, civil society, trade unions, academia, donor agencies and the private sector, the meeting reviewed progress in addressing the global food crisis since the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) High-level Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy, held in June 2008. 

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