Agriculture & Food Security

WFP, FAO, IFAD and World Bank Urge EU to Provide Assistance to Ease Global Food Crisis [viewed]

Josette Sheeran, WFP's Executive Director 15 September 2008: Leaders of the Rome-based UN agencies,

the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), World Food Programme

(WFP) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), together with

the World Bank, presented a common statement to the European Parliament's

Development Committee, urging it to take the lead in providing assistance to

help farmers cope with surging food and commodity prices.

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EU Parliament Supports Biofuel Targets, Recommends Higher Share for Alternative Biofuels and Calls for Tighter Sustainability Criteria [viewed]

EU Parliament Supports Biofuel Targets 11 September 2008: The EU Parliament's Industry Committee decided to support the EU Commission's target to achieve a 10% share of biofuels used in road transport by 2020, while insisting that 40% of that renewable energy must come from alternative sources not competing with food production, such as electricity and hydrogen produced from renewable sources as well as “second generation” biofuels made from waste, lingo-cellulosic biomass or algae.

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IFPRI Releases Report on Monitoring and Assessing Impacts of Global Food Crises [viewed]

GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS. Monitoring and Assessing Impact to Inform Policy Responses September 2008: The International Food Policy Research

Institute (IFPRI) has released an advance copy of its report entitled ‘Global

Food Crises: Monitoring and Assessing Impact to Inform Policy Responses.'

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UNDP: Higher Food Prices Likely to Deepen Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia [viewed]

Progress in achieving MDGs under threat, new report finds 11 September 2008: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has

released the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Report 2008, which finds that

the strong and sustained progress in reducing extreme poverty achieved by the

world is being undercut by higher prices, particularly of food and oil, and the

global economic slowdown.

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UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Presents Report on Human Rights Framework for Food Security [viewed]

Skyrocketing prices continue to threaten the right to food, UN expert Olivier De Schutter, the Special Rapporteur on the right to food says 10 September 2008: Presenting his latest report to the Human

Rights Council in Geneva, Olivier De Schutter, the Special Rapporteur on the

Right to Food, said rising food prices continue to jeopardize the right to

food, stressing that “any potential solution to the problem must be viewed

through the lens of human rights.”

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IDB Launches Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard, Invites Comments [viewed]

12 September 2008: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) released a tool known as the “Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard” during the fourth Annual Western Hemisphere Energy Security and Cooperation Forum, held on 9 September 2008, at IDB's headquarters in Washington, DC, US.

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ECOWAS Commission President Reports on Food Crisis Impacts in West African Economies [viewed]

Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) 10 September 2008: Presenting his report on the status of

the Community Work Programme, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, President of the Economic

Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, highlighted the economic

impacts of the increase of food and commodity prices in West African States.

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Developed Countries to Lead the Global Warming Initiative [viewed]

Ban encourages new graduates to have global perspective on today's challenges 10 September 2008: In a speech at Fairleigh Dickinson University, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki moon outlined the challenges of the world today, including climate change, the food and energy crises, and the fear of a global financial crisis.

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ECLAC Seminar Discusses Food and Energy Crises [viewed]

ECLAC Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena 4 September 2008: The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) seminar entitled “Food and Energy Crisis: Opportunities and Challenges for Latin America and the Caribbean” took place in Santiago, Chile, from 4-5 September 2008.

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IFAD's President Calls for Action on Aid Effectiveness [viewed]

IFAD's President says more must be done to make aid effective 1 September 2008: On the eve of the third High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, which met from 2-4 September 2008, in Accra, Ghana, Lennart Båge, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), urged donors and their partners in developing countries to take responsibility for accelerating action to meet the commitments in the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.

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