Agriculture & Food Security

WMO Secretary-General Addresses Gambia Climate Change Forum [viewed]

WMO Statement at the Gambia Climate Change Forum 7 October 2008: Addressing the Gambia Climate Change Forum,

taking place in Kololi, the Gambia, from 6-7 October 2008, the

Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Michel

Jarraud, stated that the potential impacts of climate variability and change on

water resources demand special attention, particularly in Africa.

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UNCTAD Publication: Making Certification Work for Sustainable Development: The Case of Biofuels [viewed]

Making Certification Work for Sustainable Development: The Case of Biofuels 3 October 2008: This UN Conference on Trade and Development publication reviews biofuel certification schemes that are already in place or are being developed, including: benefits and drawbacks of such schemes; implications for developing countries; and possible ramifications of certification in the context of the World Trade Organization.

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IFPRI Publishes Essays on Policy Responses to Food Crisis [viewed]

Policy Responses to Food Crisis October 2008: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFRPI) has published three essays addressing critical questions regarding policy responses to the current food crisis. The essays by Joachim von Braun, IFPRI Director General, Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), and Namanga Ngongi, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), point to the dangers and pitfalls of misguided policies, but also to the potential opportunities for responding in a way that prevents future crises and ensures food security in the long term. In addition to the most pressing questions of delivering immediate relief to populations affected by hunger and the strategic issues of the long-term stabilization of food production and food markets, the essays also address impacts of current biofuel policies and climate change on agriculture.

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CBD Secretariat Calls for Information on Agricultural Biodiversity with regard to Climate Change [viewed]

CBD Secretariat Calls for Information on Agricultural Biodiversity with regard to Climate Change 3 October 2008: In accordance with Decision IX/1 of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the

CBD Secretariat has invited parties, other governments and relevant

organizations to supply information on various aspects of agricultural

biodiversity conservation, including lessons learned about the conservation and

sustainable use of agricultural biodiversity, for consideration in climate

change adaptation and mitigation planning and cross-sectoral planning in

agricultural areas.

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Winners of the 2008 Equator Prize Announced: Special Recognition for Community Approaches in Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

Equator Initiative selects winners for global biodiversity conservation Prize

1 October 2008: The UN-backed Equator Initiative has

announced the 25 winners of the Equator Prize 2008, which recognizes

exceptional leadership in slashing poverty through conservation and sustainable

biodiversity efforts.

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UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Underlines Climate Change's Exacerbating Effects on the Food Crisis [viewed]

John Holmes, USG for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

1 October 2008: In an editorial column published on 30

September 2008 in the Washington Times, John Holmes, UN Under-Secretary-General

for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, stressed the urgent

need for a Green Revolution in Africa to deal, inter alia, with the challenges

of climate change and the food and oil crises.

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Impacts of Europe's Changing Climate – 2008 Indicator-Based Assessment [viewed]

Impacts of Europe's changing climate - 2008 indicator-based assessment 29 September 2008: This European Environment Agency (EEA) report presents past and projected climate change and impacts in Europe, based on approximately 40 indicators, and identifies sectors and regions that are vulnerable and require adaptation.

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Joint Indo-EU Working Programme on Energy, Clean Development and Climate Change Launched [viewed]

President Sarkozy welcoming Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh with Messrs Barroso and Jean Claude Gaudin, senator and mayor of Marseille 29 September 2008: During the ninth Indo-EU summit, which took place on 29 September 2008, in Marseille, France, India and the EU agreed to expand their cooperation in the field of nuclear energy and environmental protection. They also reviewed the 2006 Joint Action Plan and agreed to add

several new areas of cooperation, including in the field of exploitation of solar energy in India and civil nuclear research and development including in fusion energy.

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FAO Electronic Forum to Address Biotechnology for Bioenergy [viewed]

FAO Electronic Forum on Biotechnology in Food and Agriculture September 2008: The next UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Electronic Forum on Biotechnology in Food and Agriculture, to be held from 10 November to 7 December 2008, will address the potential role that agricultural biotechnologies can play for bioenergy production in

developing countries, in particular liquid biofuels.

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UN Private Sector Forum Discusses Business Action in Achieving the MDGs and Food Sustainability [viewed]

Former United States President Bill Clinton and World Bank President Robert Zoellick.

24 September 2008: The first UN Private Sector Forum on the

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Food Sustainability convened on the

side of the opening of the UN General Assembly, to further business commitment

towards the MDGs and serve as platform to articulate business perspectives on

actions needed for their achievement.

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