Agriculture & Food Security

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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‘Billion Tree Campaign' Blossoms to Seven Times its Size [viewed]

Btc13 May 2008: The UN's “Billion Tree Campaign,” a grassroots campaign to plant trees around the globe, recently announced it has raised its target from one billion to seven billion trees. The campaign was launched in 2006 by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) as a response to the threat of global warming and other sustainability challenges related to biodiversity loss and water supply.   Since its launch, the campaign has resulted in the planting of two billion trees, over half of which have been planted in African countries.

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UN Secretary-General Urges Action to Address Climate Impacts on Agriculture and Land [viewed]

Ban_214 May 2008: In his opening address at the High-level Segment of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged governments and other actors to prepare agriculture systems to respond to the negative effects of climate change.

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World Food Security and the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy – Synthesis Document [viewed]

Fao_headquartersThis synthesis document (HLC/08/5), drafted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), was prepared for the High-level Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy, which will take place in Rome, Italy, from 3-5 June 2008. The synthesis document pulls together the response options identified by preparatory expert and stakeholder consultation meetings and consultations, as identified in a number of technical documents. The Synthesis Document.

Photo: Conference venue, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy.

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African Development Bank Annual Meeting Considers Negative Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture and Rising Fuel and Food Prices [viewed]

African_development_bank14 May 2008: The 43rd Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the 34th Board of Governors meeting of the African Development Fund (ADF) took place on 14-15 May 2008, in Maputo, Mozambique. The Annual Meetings considered the theme “Fostering Shared Growth: Urbanization, Inequality and Poverty.”

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UN High-level Task Force on Global Food Crisis Holds Inaugural Meeting and Launches Website [viewed]

Moon12 May 2008: The inaugural meeting of the UN High-level Task Force on the Global Food Crisis, convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, focused on elaborating a comprehensive framework for tackling the challenges posed by the food price crisis. In his opening remarks at the 12 May 2008 meeting, Secretary-General Ban recognized that soaring food prices are “essentially linked to the global demand for food exceeding supply, the drivers of the crisis are complex and the consequences are varied. Tackling this issue will require international leadership and coordination at the highest level.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's statement | UN Press release | Task Force website

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WMO Establishes Task Team on Food Security [viewed]

7 May 2008 : In response to the current worldwide food emergency, the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Secretary-General, Michel Jarraud, has established a Task Team on Food Security.

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IEA Releases Statement on Biofuels [viewed]

Statements 2 May 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA) released a statement on biofuels, in which it raises questions regarding a surge in food prices and biofuels and notes a number of important factors impacting food supplies and prices, including surging food demand, failed harvests and high energy prices.

IEA Statement

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New Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Takes Office, calls on Human Rights Council to Examine Global Food Crisis [viewed]

Un2 May 2008: One day after taking office, newly appointed Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier de Schutter, called for a special session of the Human Rights Council, so that the Council can “speak with one single voice.” He called upon States to increase their support to humanitarian agencies and provide cash transfers to the neediest segments of populations in food-insecure countries. In the longer-term, he called for greater financial support for small-scale farmers, action to combat climate change, and the phasing out of “market-distorting” agricultural subsidies, noting that the current crisis is “not a natural disaster” but “a crisis which is man-made.”

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FAO and World Leaders Gear Up for High-level Conference on World Food Security [viewed]

Fao_229 April 2008: “Soaring food prices in recent months are dramatically worsening the living conditions of the ‘bottom billion' of poor people who live on a dollar a day or less,” said Jaques Diouf, FAO Director General, in a statement announcing preparations for the FAO's “High-level Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy,” to be held 3-5 June 2008 at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy.

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