Agriculture & Food Security

FAO and IFAD Collaborate on Study that Identifies Biofuels and Carbon Markets as Partial Drivers of International Land Acquisition Deals [viewed]

© 26 May 2009: A collaborative study by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) suggests that increased demand for biofuels and, to a lesser extent, increased land values through emerging carbon markets, are among the factors that drive international land acquisition deals.

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World Agroforestry Centre Releases Policy Briefs on Biocarbon for Mitigation and Poverty Reduction in Africa [viewed]

© COPYRIGHTFOTO26 May 2009: A new international agreement on climate change should take into account the key role African agriculture can play in reducing emissions and increasing carbon stocks across the whole continent, according to two policy briefs released by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

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UN Secretary-General Discusses Climate Change with Finnish President [viewed]

© ENB26 May 2009: In a press conference while on an official visit in Helsinki, Finland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reported on his meeting with Finnish President Tarja Halonen.

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WMO Workshop Addresses Weather and Climate Products and Services for Sustainable Agriculture [viewed]

© WMO20 May 2009: The International Workshop on the Content, Communication and Use of Weather and Climate Products and Services for Sustainable Agriculture took place in Toowoomba, Australia, from 18-20 May 2009.

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FAO Releases Policy Brief on Anchoring Agriculture within a Copenhagen Agreement [viewed]

25 May 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released a policy brief providing options for addressing agriculture in a global climate change agreement.

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CSD Decision Addresses Links between Agriculture and Climate Change [viewed]

© ENB15 May 2009: The final decision adopted by the 17th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development, which convened from 4-15 May 2009 at UN Headquarters in New York, NY, recognizes that agriculture is dependent on climate and sensitive to climate change, and that sustainable agricultural practices as well as sustainable forest management can contribute to meeting climate change concerns.

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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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