Agriculture & Food Security

World Bank Releases Report on Weather and Climate Services in Europe and Central Asia [viewed]

Climate Weather Data 6 December 2008: A new report released by the World Bank suggests that forecasting improvements in Europe and Central Asia can play a critical role in improving the economy and mitigating the impacts of disasters in the region. The report “Weather and Climate Services in Europe and Central Asia: A Regional Review” explains why improving weather monitoring systems can help mitigate damaging economic impacts of weather disasters, support increased productivity of agriculture, conserve energy, and promote safe aviation and transport by road and rail.

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Eritrea and Samoa Share Experiences with GEF-Administered LDCF [viewed]

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3 December 2008: At a side event held during the UN Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Poland, two least developed countries shared their experience in integrating climate change risks into various sectors, including agriculture and health through the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF).

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CGIAR Approves Climate Change Challenge Programme, Seeks Host Institution [viewed]

December

2008: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is

looking for an institution to host the secretariat of its recently approved

Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Challenge Programme (CCCP). The

CCCP is a collaborative endeavor between CGIAR and partners, and the Earth

System Science Partnership (ESSP). It is aimed at overcoming the additional

threats posed by a changing climate to achieving food security, enhancing

livelihoods and improving environmental management in the developing world.

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

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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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