Agriculture & Food Security

WMO/EU Symposium “Climate Change and Variability - Agro-Meteorological Monitoring and Coping Strategies for Agriculture” to be held in June [viewed]

May 2008: The symposium on “Climate Change and Variability - Agro-Meteorological Monitoring and Coping Strategies for Agriculture” will take place from 3-6 June 2008, in Oscarsborg, Norway. The symposium is organized under the auspices of the WMO Commission for Agricultural Meteorology and European Cooperation.

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CSD16: Delegates Review Agriculture, Rural Development, Drought, Desertification, Land and Africa [viewed]

Agriculture_and_rural_development_s16 May 2008: The sixteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), which met from 5-16 May 2008, in New York, US, has reviewed the thematic cluster of agriculture, rural development, drought, desertification, land and Africa. Many delegations and speakers tied these agenda items to the current global food crisis and climate change, and highlighted in particular land degradation, high energy costs, climate change, poor harvests, speculation in agricultural commodities, inequitable terms of trade, decline of investments in rural and agricultural development, and increased production of biofuels from food crops as drivers of high food prices.

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DESA: Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Addresses Inter-linkages among CSD Thematic Issues [viewed]

14 May 2008: Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, addressed the Ministerial Roundtable on Inter-linkages among the Thematic Issues, Including Adaptation to Climate Change, at the sixteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development held from 5-16 May 2008 in New York, US. During the 14 May discussion he asked, “if we agree that climate change is impacting, and will further impact, agricultural production, what are we doing in terms of adaptation?”

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ECOSOC: Deputy Secretary-General Migiro Suggests Examining Food Crisis Causes [viewed]

Asha_migiro_220 May 2008: In her address to the ECOSOC special session on the global food crisis, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro (right) urged policymakers to carefully examine the cause of crisis, including the increasing use of grain-based biofuels.

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WMO Discusses its Drought-Related Programmes at CSD16 [viewed]

Wmo7 May 2008: Speaking during the thematic debate on drought at the sixteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD16), which took place at UN headquarters in New York, US, from 5-16 May 2008, a representative of the World Metrological Organization (WMO) provided an overview of the Organization's work on drought and climate change.

 

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European Commission: Biodiversity and Climate Change Side Event [viewed]

Enb_on_the_side20 May: At a side event held during the ninth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, in Bonn, Germany, the European Commission presented its Natura 2000 network of conservation areas established to protect natural habitats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: L-R: Oliver Schweiger, Heimholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Astrid Kaemena, European Commission, Karin Zaunberger, European Commission.

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ECOSOC: Council Discusses Global Food Crisis [viewed]

Global_food_crisis21 May 2008: Speaking at the UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) special session on the global food crisis, Léo Mérorès, President of ECOSOC, emphasized the “need to concentrate efforts on minimizing greenhouse emissions, deforestation and global warming, while finding ways to promote investments in agriculture [and] maximize the use of agro-science and technology.”

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FAO Stresses Link between Soil Health and Drought Mitigation [viewed]

Fao9 May 2008: Speaking during the UN Commission on Sustainable Development's thematic discussion on inter-linkages and across-cutting issues, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) underlined the link between soil health and drought mitigation. The FAO representative noted that the world's agriculture must not only guarantee food security, but also “a range of other supporting and regulating ecosystem services, in particular nutrient cycling, the hydrological regime and carbon sequestration.”

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UNESCO: International Conference on Groundwater and Climate in Africa [viewed]

Groundwater_climate_in_africaThis Conference, which is supported by the International Hydrological Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-IHP), will be held in Kampala, Uganda, from 24-28 June 2008.

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OECD Ministers to Discuss Climate Change, Trade and Global Economy [viewed]

Oecd16 May 2008: The economic impact of climate change, rising food prices and a broad range of other trade, growth and development issues will be discussed at the OECD's annual ministerial meeting, to be held from 4-5 June 2008, in Paris, France.

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