Agriculture & Food Security

UNCCD Global Mechanism Highlights Development Programming at Country Level Supported by Effective International Policy Making Processes [viewed]

17 June 2008: On the occasion of 2008 World Day to Combat

Desertification and Drought, celebrated on 17 June, the Global Mechanism (GM)

of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) emphasized that “the

current strategy and policy debates around climate resilience, sustainable

agriculture and food security point to the conclusion that none of these global

challenges and threats to human well-being should be tackled in isolation, but

as part and

parcel of development programming at country level, supported

by effective

international policy making processes.”

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IFAD Calls for Sustainable Agriculture to Stop Desertification [viewed]

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June 2008: In a message on the occasion of UN World Day to Combat

Desertification, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

highlighted the role of poor farmers and herders in stopping or reversing land

degradation in areas affected by desertification.

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World Food Programme (WFP) Adopts New Strategic Plan to Address Food Crisis [viewed]

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June 2008: The WFP Executive Board has adopted a new four-year strategic plan to address hunger needs arising from recent

food price increases and shortages, as well as to fight hunger more strategically.

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UNCCD Highlights Links between Land Degradation and Agriculture on World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought [viewed]

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17 June 2008: The UN

Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) selected “Combating land

degradation for sustainable agriculture” as the theme for 2008 World Day to

Combat Desertification and Drought, celebrated on 17 June. On the occasion,

UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja highlighted that the conversion of land

to “unsustainable uses can exacerbate the vicious circle of land degradation,

loss of biodiversity and climate change.”

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WTO's Lamy Says More International Trade Prevents Climate Change and Water Scarcity [viewed]

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3 June 2008: The World Trade

Organization's (WTO) Director-General, Pascal Lamy, addressed the High-Level

Conference on World Food Security, which met in Rome, Italy, from 3-5 June

2006, where he highlighted climate change's impacts on agriculture, including

the potentially greater scarcity of water, and called attention to the

water-saving potential of international trade, by preventing the unnecessary

growth of agriculture in countries without access to sufficient water resources.

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OECD Ministerial Council and Forum Focus on the Economics of Climate Change [viewed]

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5 June 20

08: The Organisation for

Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Forum 2008 and the annual

OECD Council at ministerial level considered ‘Climate Change, Growth and

Stability' and ‘Outreach, reform and the economics of climate change,'

respectively, during their meetings in Paris, France, from 3-5 June 2008.

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FAO High-Level Conference Identifies Measures to Ensure World Food Security [viewed]

5 June 2008: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) High-Level

Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and

Bioenergy, which convened in Rome, Italy, from 3-5 June 2008, adopted a

Declaration, outlining immediate as well as medium- and long-term measures to

ensure food security.

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UNEP'S Angela Cropper Calls for Holistic Approach to Agriculture at FAO Conference [viewed]

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5 June 2008: Addressing the

High-Level Conference on World Food Security (3-5 June 2008, Rome, Italy),

UNEP's Deputy Executive Director Angela Cropper cautioned against a

reductionist model to agricultural production that reduces farming to a simple

process of intensification and ignores the wealth of agricultural biodiversity.

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CBD'S Ahmed Djoghlaf Underlines Link between Biodiversity Conservation, Climate Change and Food Security [viewed]

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June 2008: In a message to the High-Level Conference on World Food Security

(3-5 June 2008, Rome, Italy), Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), underlined the current loss of

agricultural and livestock biodiversity, which he said is further increased by

climate change.

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Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in the Water Sector [viewed]

June 2008: This workshop is

scheduled to take place on 1-2 July 2008 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and

will be organized under the auspices of the UN Economic Commission for Europe

Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and

International Lakes (Water Convention) and the Protocol on Water and Health to

the Water Convention. The event will address, inter alia: current

knowledge about adaptation and climate change; policy, legislative, institutional

and financial frameworks; forecasting, modelling and vulnerability, including

vulnerability of water-related sectors such as energy, agriculture and tourism;

and adaptation and coping measures.

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