Agriculture & Food Security

D8 Summit Agrees on Collaborative Efforts to Address Food and Energy Crises [viewed]

D-8 Leaders Set on Tackling Food Shortage and Fuel Price Hike 12

July 2008: The Sixth Summit of the Group of Eight Developing Islamic Countries

(D8), (7-8 July 2008, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) concluded

with the adoption of the “Kuala Lumpur Declaration on Meeting Global Challenges

through Innovative Cooperation,” which recognizes that the food and energy

crises pose a serious threat to socio-economic stability.

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UNGA Considers Food and Energy Crises [viewed]

Letter from UNGA President Srgjan Kerim/A view of the General Assembly Hall

14 July

2008: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will consider the global food and energy

crises, with a particular eye to concern about macroeconomic and political

stability in numerous countries, in a plenary meeting on 18 July 2008.

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ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment to Open on 15 July 2008 [viewed]

14 July 2008: The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Humanitarian Affairs Segment

will open on 15 July 2008, and will be organized around the theme “Building

capabilities and capacities at all levels for timely humanitarian assistance,

including disaster risk reduction.”

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ECOSOC Debates Implementation of the MDGs in the Context of Climate Change [viewed]

11 July 2008: Speaking during a Panel discussion on

“Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the context of

current challenges,” Kemal Dervis, Administrator of the UN Development

Programme (UNDP), noted that economic growth is threatened by shortages of

natural resources such as energy, water and atmosphere, and stressed that MDG 7

on environmental sustainability is an absolute key priority.

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FAO Scientific Symposium: Climate Change Will Have Strong Impact on Fisheries [viewed]

Fishing communities in the developing world are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Photo credit: FAO 10 July 2008: The International Symposium on Coping with Global Change in

Marine Social-Ecological Systems took place from 8-11 July 2008, in Rome, Italy. The Symposium,

organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Global

Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics and the European Network of Excellence for Oceans Ecosystem

Analysis, brought together over 200 experts and policymakers from around

the globe to share experiences

and identify key next steps to promote resilience of marine social-ecological systems.

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UNU Launches New Website on Climate, Oil and Food [viewed]

United Nations University

July

2008: The UN University (UNU) has launched a new website on the challenges of

climate change, peak oil and the food crisis.

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UN Agencies Call on G8 to Increase Investment in Agriculture to Address the Global Food Crisis [viewed]

UN urges G-8 to boost investment in agriculture to reduce global hunger

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July 2008: In a joint statement, the heads of the Food and Agriculture

Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural

Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) urged G8 leaders to

“strike a decisive blow in the fight against hunger and poverty” by reversing

the decline in agricultural investment, which has been one of the underlying

causes of the current world food crisis.”

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IFAD President Urges G8 to Increase Support to Smallholder Farmers [viewed]

Lennart Båge

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July 2008: In a contribution to a G8 special report published by the Financial

Times, Lennart Båge, President of the International Fund for Agricultural

Development (IFAD), said the G8 Summit being held from 7-9 July 2008, in Japan,

represents a “unique opportunity to start undoing the damage wrought by decades

of neglect of agriculture.”

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CBD'S Djoghlaf Highlights Risks of Agricultural Biodiversity Loss [viewed]

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2 July 2008: On the occasion of the Fourth International

Conference on Sustainable Agriculture for Food, Energy and Industry, held from

2-5 July 2008, in Sapporo, Japan, the Convention on Biological Diversity's

(CBD) Executive Secretary, Ahmed Djoghlaf, highlighted that around 20% of

domestic animal breeds are at risk of extinction, with an average of one breed

lost each month.

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FAO World Food Day to Focus on Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy [viewed]

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July 2008: The theme of this year's World Food Day (WFD), to be held 16 October

2008 in Québec City, Canada, will be “World Food Security: the Challenges of

Climate Change and Bioenergy.” “Rarely has WFD assumed greater meaning than at

the present time, as rapidly rising food prices risk increasing the number of

hungry people,” said Sidaty Aidara, Chief of WFD events at the Food and

Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

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