Agriculture & Food Security

UN Agencies Call on G8 to Increase Investment in Agriculture to Address the Global Food Crisis [viewed]

UN urges G-8 to boost investment in agriculture to reduce global hunger

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July 2008: In a joint statement, the heads of the Food and Agriculture

Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural

Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) urged G8 leaders to

“strike a decisive blow in the fight against hunger and poverty” by reversing

the decline in agricultural investment, which has been one of the underlying

causes of the current world food crisis.”

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IFAD President Urges G8 to Increase Support to Smallholder Farmers [viewed]

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July 2008: In a contribution to a G8 special report published by the Financial

Times, Lennart Båge, President of the International Fund for Agricultural

Development (IFAD), said the G8 Summit being held from 7-9 July 2008, in Japan,

represents a “unique opportunity to start undoing the damage wrought by decades

of neglect of agriculture.”

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CBD'S Djoghlaf Highlights Risks of Agricultural Biodiversity Loss [viewed]

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2 July 2008: On the occasion of the Fourth International

Conference on Sustainable Agriculture for Food, Energy and Industry, held from

2-5 July 2008, in Sapporo, Japan, the Convention on Biological Diversity's

(CBD) Executive Secretary, Ahmed Djoghlaf, highlighted that around 20% of

domestic animal breeds are at risk of extinction, with an average of one breed

lost each month.

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FAO World Food Day to Focus on Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy [viewed]

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July 2008: The theme of this year's World Food Day (WFD), to be held 16 October

2008 in Québec City, Canada, will be “World Food Security: the Challenges of

Climate Change and Bioenergy.” “Rarely has WFD assumed greater meaning than at

the present time, as rapidly rising food prices risk increasing the number of

hungry people,” said Sidaty Aidara, Chief of WFD events at the Food and

Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

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MEM: Leaders Meeting of Major Economies on Energy Security and Climate Change Develops Declaration [viewed]

9 July 2008: The

Leaders Meeting of the Major Economies took place on 9 July 2008, in Hokkaido,

Japan, in conjunction with the G8 Summit. The leaders of Australia, Brazil,

Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy,

Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom,

and the United States issued a Declaration, which had been agreed during a

previous meeting held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 21-22 June 2008.

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FAO Director-General addresses Challenges of African Agriculture from Climate Change and Soaring Food Prices [viewed]

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June 2008: Speaking at the twenty-fifth African Regional Conference,

Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Jacques

Diouf, underlined the challenges of climate change and the recent rise in food

prices for African agriculture.

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UNCCD Global Mechanism Highlights Development Programming at Country Level Supported by Effective International Policy Making Processes [viewed]

17 June 2008: On the occasion of 2008 World Day to Combat

Desertification and Drought, celebrated on 17 June, the Global Mechanism (GM)

of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) emphasized that “the

current strategy and policy debates around climate resilience, sustainable

agriculture and food security point to the conclusion that none of these global

challenges and threats to human well-being should be tackled in isolation, but

as part and

parcel of development programming at country level, supported

by effective

international policy making processes.”

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IFAD Calls for Sustainable Agriculture to Stop Desertification [viewed]

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June 2008: In a message on the occasion of UN World Day to Combat

Desertification, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

highlighted the role of poor farmers and herders in stopping or reversing land

degradation in areas affected by desertification.

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World Food Programme (WFP) Adopts New Strategic Plan to Address Food Crisis [viewed]

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June 2008: The WFP Executive Board has adopted a new four-year strategic plan to address hunger needs arising from recent

food price increases and shortages, as well as to fight hunger more strategically.

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UNCCD Highlights Links between Land Degradation and Agriculture on World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought [viewed]

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17 June 2008: The UN

Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) selected “Combating land

degradation for sustainable agriculture” as the theme for 2008 World Day to

Combat Desertification and Drought, celebrated on 17 June. On the occasion,

UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja highlighted that the conversion of land

to “unsustainable uses can exacerbate the vicious circle of land degradation,

loss of biodiversity and climate change.”

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