Agriculture & Food Security

FAO Highlights Indigenous Peoples' Role in Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

World day highlights fundamental role of indigenous peoples in food security 8 August 2008: On the eve of the International Day for the World's Indigenous Peoples, which is celebrated on 9 August, Regina Laub, the

UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) focal point for Indigenous Peoples,

noted that climate change and limited land rights increasingly threaten

indigenous peoples' livelihoods.

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FAO, ILO and IFAD Call for Papers on Agricultural Employment [viewed]

August 2008: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN

(FAO), the International Labor Organization (ILO), and the International Fund

for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have announced a call for papers addressing

“Gender dimensions of agricultural and rural employment: differentiated

pathways out of poverty” to be presented at a global technical expert workshop

to be held in March-April 2009 (dates to be confirmed), in Rome, Italy. The

workshop comes as a follow up to recent international policy discussions on

rural employment, a central element in equitable growth and poverty reduction,

but which faces the challenges of the global food crisis and climate change.

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UNCTAD Hearing with Civil Society will address Global Food and Financial Crises [viewed]

6 August 2008: The UN Conference on Trade and Development's

(UNCTAD) Trade and Development Board hearing with civil society will address

the global food crisis as a systemic failure in development strategy, including

its relationship with climate change.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses the Climate and Food Crisis in a Joint Session of the Mexican Senate and Chamber of Deputies [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 4 August 2008: In an address to the Joint Session of the

Mexican Senate and Chamber of Deputies, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon,

noted their pivotal role in bridging the local and global, highlighting the

three inter-related challenges faced by the world today, namely, a climate

crisis, a food crisis, and an emerging development emergency.

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Fifteenth SAARC Summit Declaration Addresses Climate Change and Food Security [viewed]

The fifteenth Summit meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)3 August 2008: The fifteenth Summit meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), held from 2-3 August 2008, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, concluded with the adoption of the Colombo Declaration and the Colombo Statement on Food Security. In the Declaration, entitled “Partnership for Growth for Our People,” the Heads of State and Government reiterate the need for increased regional cooperation in tackling climate change, in particular for capacity building, the development of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects, and awareness raising.

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General Assembly President Discusses Climate Change on Latin American Tour [viewed]

Statement by H.E. Dr. Srgjan Kerim, President of the United Nations General Assembly

31 July 2008: On his three-country tour of Latin America,

Srgjan Kerim, President of the UN General Assembly, has discussed climate

change with Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile, and addressed its importance

at a conference on the role of the UN in a globalized world.

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FAO Calls for Investment into Research on Cassava to Boost Yields for Food and Biofuel Production [viewed]

Global Cassava Partnership for Genetic Improvement (GCP21)

25 July 2008: At the first global scientific conference of the Global Cassava Partnership, held from 21-24 July, 2008 in Ghent, Belgium, scientists and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) called for a significant increase in investment in research and development needed to boost farmers' yields and explore promising industrial uses of cassava, including biofuels production.

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Fifth Summit of the Americas' Draft Declaration Addresses Climate Change [viewed]

Fifth Summit of the Americas' 24 July 2008: The Draft Declaration of Commitment for the Fifth Summit of the Americas was presented during a meeting of National Coordinators of the Summit Implementation Review Group held at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington DC, US.

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WBCSD and IUCN Report Highlights Agriculture's Dilemma between Food Security, Conservation and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

Understanding agriculture's dilemma between food security and conservation – new publication

July

2008: The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and IUCN

have published a report entitled “Agricultural Ecosystems, Facts and Trends.”

The Report presents facts and figures on trends in agricultural production and

consumption to help governments, farmers, consumers and industry better

understand the challenges facing the sustainable management of agricultural

ecosystems, such as meeting demands from a fast-growing world population,

adapting to climate change impacts, and managing the natural resources of an

increasingly depleted planet.

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FAO Provides Data on Crop Prospects, the Food Situation and Countries in Crisis Needing External Assistance [viewed]

Crop Prospects and Food Situation July 2008: Through its Global Information and Early Warning System on Food and Agriculture (GIEWS), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) provides regularly updated information on

the current situation of global agriculture and food security.

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