Agriculture & Food Security

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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African Green Revolution Conference Addresses Food Security and Increased Productivity [viewed]

Third African Green Revolution Conference

September 2008: The third African Green Revolution

Conference convened from 28-29 August 2008, in Oslo, Norway, organized by Yara

International ASA, a Norwegian fertilizer company, in partnership with the

Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), the African Development Bank

(ADB) Norad, Norfund and Rabobank.

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International Symposium Adopts Declaration on Climate Change and Food Security in South Asia [viewed]

29 August 2008: The International Symposium on Climate

Change and Food Security in South Asia, which met from 25-30 August 2008, in

Dhaka, Bangladesh, and was co-sponsored by Ohio State University, the World

Meteorological Organization, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the UN

Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the University of

Dhaka and the Government of Bangladesh, adopted a Declaration and

recommendations towards minimizing the short- and long-term vulnerability of

the South Asian region to climate change.

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International Symposium on Climate Change and Food Security in South Asia Opens [viewed]

Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization 25 August 2008: A UN-sponsored International Symposium on

Climate Change and Food Security in South Asia, taking place from 25-30 August

in Dhaka, Bangladesh, aims to develop an agriculture mitigation and adaptation

framework for climate change implementation in South Asia. Participants are

also expected to recommend policy and financial innovations to enable the

implementation of the framework and its integration into the sustainable

development planning of South Asia countries.

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SEED 2008 Award Winners Announced [viewed]

SEED announces its 2008 Award Winners 21 August 2008: The Supporting Entrepreneurs for Sustainable Development (SEED) Initiative has announced the winners of its 2008 SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development. The SEED Initiative is a global network for action on sustainable development partnerships, founded by IUCN, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), to deliver progress toward the internationally-agreed goals in the UN's Millennium Declaration and the commitments made at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002.

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Inter-African Parliamentary Conference to Focus on Climate Change, Food Security and Aid Effectiveness [viewed]

European Parliamentarians for Africa August 2008: The Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable

Development and Aid Effectiveness will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 26-28

August 2008, and will focus on climate change, food security and aid

effectiveness. The event will bring together African parliamentarians and

experts, as well as members of parliament from Europe and Japan.

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FAO Calls for Information on Underutilized Bioenergy Crops [viewed]

Global Partnership Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building August 2008: The Global Partnership Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building (GIPB), a platform and partnership of public, private and civil society institutions hosted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in collaboration with the FAO Inter-Departmental Working Group on Bioenergy, has called for expanded, up-to-date information on genetic resources and breeding of selected underutilized species, together with detailed analysis of their potential as bioenergy crops adaptable to sustainable smallholder production systems.

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UNCCD Launches Webpage on Land and Climate [viewed]

Focus on both land and climate. Photo credit, UNCCD 13 August 2008: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has launched a new webpage on the

interrelationship between land and climate. The webpage highlights that soil

can make a difference in addressing climate change issues, and presents

information on land and climate change, land degradation and poverty, energy

security, food security, and UNCCD processes to address climate change and

soil.

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IAEA Deputy Director General Stresses the Potential Role of Induced Mutations in Plants in Curbing Climate Change Effects [viewed]

Mr. Werner Burkart, IAEA Deputy Director General, Head of the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications. Photo credit, IAEA 12 August 2008: In a speech delivered during the opening of the Food and Agriculture Organization/International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) International Symposium on Induced Mutations in Plants, Werner Burkart, IAEA

Deputy Director General, noted that in 2008, the international community became conscience of the links between climate change, the food and energy crises and hunger.

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