Agriculture & Food Security

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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CBD Invites Submissions on Experiences on Tools Relevant to the Sustainable Production and Use of Biofuels [viewed]

Request for submissions of information on experiences on the development and application of tools relevant to the sustainable production and use of biofuels 6 August 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited submissions regarding experiences in the

development and application of tools relevant to the sustainable production and

use of biofuels, as well as relevant information from research on, and

monitoring of, the positive and negative impacts of the production and use of

biofuels on biodiversity and related socioeconomic aspects, including those

related to indigenous and local communities.

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IAEA/FAO organize International Symposium on Induced Mutations in Plants [viewed]

International Symposium on Induced Mutations in Plants (ISIM)

11 August 2008: The International Atomic Energy Agency

(IAEA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are organizing

an International Symposium on Induced Mutations in Plants, from 12-15 August

2008, in Vienna, Austria. The event will bring together scientists to focus on

the latest innovations aimed at improving crop productivity in an effort to

solve the food and energy crises.

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FAO Highlights Indigenous Peoples' Role in Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

World day highlights fundamental role of indigenous peoples in food security 8 August 2008: On the eve of the International Day for the World's Indigenous Peoples, which is celebrated on 9 August, Regina Laub, the

UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) focal point for Indigenous Peoples,

noted that climate change and limited land rights increasingly threaten

indigenous peoples' livelihoods.

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FAO, ILO and IFAD Call for Papers on Agricultural Employment [viewed]

August 2008: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN

(FAO), the International Labor Organization (ILO), and the International Fund

for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have announced a call for papers addressing

“Gender dimensions of agricultural and rural employment: differentiated

pathways out of poverty” to be presented at a global technical expert workshop

to be held in March-April 2009 (dates to be confirmed), in Rome, Italy. The

workshop comes as a follow up to recent international policy discussions on

rural employment, a central element in equitable growth and poverty reduction,

but which faces the challenges of the global food crisis and climate change.

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