Agriculture & Food Security

FAO Calls for Stronger Involvement of Farming and Forest Communities in Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

4 December 2008: Farmers and forest users should become more strongly involved in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in order to unlock the potential of agriculture and forestry for climate change mitigation, said Alexander Müller, Assistant Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in Rome, Italy.

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FAO to Hold Conference on the Challenges of Climate Change in Relation to Water Resources in Africa [viewed]

Water Resources in Africa

December 2008: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is organizing the “High-Level Conference on Water for Agriculture and Energy in Africa: The Challenges of Climate Change,” to be held from 15-17 December 2008, in Sirte, the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.

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IWMI Publishes Policy Brief on Water Implications of Biofuel Crops [viewed]

International Water Management Institute (IWMI) December 2008: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), published a policy brief entitled “Water Implications of Biofuel Crops: Understanding Tradeoffs and Identifying Options.” The Brief outlines impacts of biofuel production on water supply and food production, and seeks to provide options for policy makers in addressing resulting tradeoffs.

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FAO Releases Second Edition of the FoodClimate e-Newsletter [viewed]

Interdepartmental Working Group on Climate Change of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) 2 December 2008: The Interdepartmental Working Group on Climate Change of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released the second edition of the FoodClimate e-newsletter.

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IAEA Calls for Increased Investment in Climate-Resilient Plant Breeding Technique [viewed]

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) 2 December 2008: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has called for increased investment in a plant breeding technique that uses radiation to produce improved high-yielding plants that adapt to harsh climate conditions and that could therefore contribute to the fight against hunger.

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FAO Releases Report on Impact of Climate Change-Related Disasters on Food Security in Pacific Islands [viewed]

2 December 2008: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released a report entitled Climate Change and Food Security in Pacific Island Countries, jointly published with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme and the University of the South Pacific. The report warns that climate change-related disasters such as cyclones, flash floods and droughts have constrained development efforts in the Pacific islands and are likely to have a serious impact on their food production.

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IEA Releases Report on Second Generation Biofuel Technologies [viewed]

From 1st- to 2nd-Generation Biofuel Technologies: An overview of current industry and RD&D activities 28 November 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report entitled “From 1st- to 2nd-Generation Biofuel Technologies: An overview of current industry and RD&D activities,” which outlines the technical challenges facing second generation biofuels, evaluates their costs and examines related current policies to support their development and deployment.

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UNESCO: Ready to Facilitate International Dialogue on Biofuels [viewed]

UNESCO is ready to support the worldwide debate on biofuels 26 November 2008: Speaking at the International Conference on Biofuels, which took place in São Paulo, Brazil, from 17-21 November 2008, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Deputy Director-General Marcio Barbosa indicated the Organization's readiness to facilitate dialogue among governments on biofuel technology.

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FAO-Backed Research Project Indicates Africa Could Be a Significant Carbon Sink [viewed]

CarboAfrica project25 November 2008: According to research conducted by CarboAfrica, an international research consortium of 15 institutions from Africa and Europe that includes the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Africa could be absorbing more carbon from the atmosphere than it emits.

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UN Secretary-General Stresses Linkages Between Climate Change, Development and the Global Economy [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 24 November 2008: In an editorial published in the Japan Times, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscores that the financial crisis is unique and potentially overwhelming, and warns against the risk of it evolving into “tomorrow's human crisis.”

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