Agriculture & Food Security

WFP, IFAD Contribute to Weather-Indexed Insurance Schemes for Developing Country Farmers [viewed]

Flood ordeal for Palestinians stuck on Iraq-Syria border 17 November 2008: The UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), supported by the

Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation, are launching a programme to increase access

by farmers in developing countries to weather-indexed insurance schemes.

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UN Secretary-General at G20 Summit Underlines Potential to Spur Green Growth [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets today with Madeleine Albright, former United States Secretary of State, ahead of G-20 meeting 17 November 2008: On 14 and 15 November 2008, UN

Secretary-General was in Washington, DC, US, to take part in the Group of 20

(G20) Financial Summit. In a statement to the assembled leaders, Ban Ki-moon

stated that “today's financial crisis should not evolve into tomorrow's human

crisis,” adding that leaders should not use it to justify neglecting other

critical issues such as poverty and hunger, the food crisis, and climate

change.

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IFPRI Studies Reveal Constraints to Climate Change Adaptation in African Agriculture [viewed]

New Study Identifies Farmers' Options and Obstacles to Adapting to Climate Change 12 November 2008: A series of studies conducted by the

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) identify the options and

obstacles African smallholder framers face in adapting to climate change.

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UNCCD Subsidiary Bodies Consider Work Plans and Indicators [viewed]

UN Convention to Combat Desertification 14 November 2008: The first Special Session of the Committee

on Science and Technology (CST S-1) and the seventh session of the Committee

for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 7) of the UN

Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) convened in Istanbul, Turkey, from

3-14 November 2008.

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UNGA Considers 2008 Report of Economic and Social Council [viewed]

3 November 2008: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) debated the

Report of the Economic and Social Council for 2008 (document A/63/3 and

A/63/255), and the report of the Secretary-General on the Role of the Economic

and Social Council in the integrated and coordinated implementation of and

follow-up to the outcomes of the major United Nations conferences and summits,

in the light of relevant General Assembly resolutions, including resolution

61/16 (document A/63/63-E/2008/77).

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UN Deputy Secretary-General Calls for “Unprecedented Level” of International Cooperation to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

30 October 2008: Speaking at the World Leaders Forum on

International Cooperation for Green Growth taking place on 30 October 2008, in

Seoul, Republic of Korea, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro noted

that many of the current challenges are due to unsustainable development paths,

and highlighted the interlinkages among the food, energy and financial crises,

as well as global warming.

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First World Summit of Regions Showcases Role of Regions in Tackling Climate Change [viewed]

First climate change summit of the world's regional governments 30 October 2008: Over 600 participants representing governments, regions and other local authorities gathered in Saint Malo, France, from 29-30 October 2008, for the “First World Summit of Regions, Climate Change: Regions in Action.”

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UNCCD Executive Secretary Highlights Nexus between Land Degradation and Climate Change [viewed]

Combating desertification could help tackle other global crises – UN official

29 October 2008: Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN

Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) told a news conference at UN

Headquarters, NY, US, that “the nexus between land degradation and climate

change is clear,” with global warming being likely to lead to more extreme

weather events, which could lead to soil erosion and loss of land cover.

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UN Secretary-General: Financial Crisis Could “Eclipse the Global Effort to Address Climate Change” [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's address at the University of Philippines

29 October 2008: In a speech delivered at the University of

Philippines, in Manila, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon indicated that his

“most immediate concern” was that the financial crisis could “eclipse the

global effort to address climate change.” He noted that, while developing

countries face the same pressures as the US and Europe, they lack the resources

to tackle the crisis.

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FAO Convenes Consultation on Conservation Agriculture Carbon Offset [viewed]

Field of CA soybeans in Brazil 28 October 2008: The Conservation Agriculture Carbon Offset

Consultation, jointly organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization

(FAO) and the Conservation Technology Information Center, opened on 28 October

2008, and will conclude on 30 October, in West Lafayette, Indiana, US.

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