Agriculture & Food Security

Event: First International Agrobiodiversity Congress 2016 [viewed]

Organized by the Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources and Bioversity International, a member of the CGIAR Consortium, this event will provide a platform for stakeholders to discuss issues and ideas around the sustainable management of agricultural biodiversity. It will bring together experts in agricultural biodiversity and genetic resources, biotechnology, nutrition, ecology and environmental science, agronomy, forestry, law and policy analysis, economics and other related fields of science and the social sciences. Abstracts can be submitted until 1 April 2016 under the following themes: agrobiodiversity for food, nutrition and ecosystem services; agrobiodiversity for adaptation and mitigation of climate change; intellectual property rights (IPRs), access and benefit-sharing (ABS) and farmers' rights; quarantine, biosafety and biosecurity issues; conservation strategies and methodologies; science-led innovation for agrobiodiversity management and sustainable use; and capacity building and strengthening partnerships.  

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Event: 42nd Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum [viewed]

The 42nd Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 42), themed '2015 El Niño impacts and lessons learned in the Greater Horn of Africa,' will take place from 22-23 February 2016, in Kigali, Rwanda. GHACOF 42 will bring together a wide range of stakeholders, including climate scientists, researchers, applications experts from critical socioeconomic sectors, governmental and non-governmental organizations, decision makers and civil society representatives. Workshops will be held on agriculture and food security, water resources, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and health, among others. During the Forum, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) will officially launch a live web-map to monitor climate and associated hazards in the Greater Horn of Africa region to improve accessibility to climate and hazard data. The Forum will be preceded by a capacity-building workshop for regional climate experts to be held at ICPAC, from 15-20 February 2016.  

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Event: International Day of Forests 2016 [viewed]

The International Day of Forests is held annually on 21 March to raise awareness of the importance of forests to people. This year the Day will convene under the theme, 'Forests and Water: Sustain Life and Livelihoods' and will be a joint celebration of the International Day of Forests and World Water Day.  

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Guest Article #139: Building Climate Resilience through Technology Transfer and Innovation [viewed]

The recent historic agreement achieved at COP 21 in Paris resulted in unprecedented momentum for tackling climate change – including scaling up action on climate change adaptation. Climate resilience on a wide scale can only be achieved with the engagement of the private sector. While climate change affects all parts of the world, developing countries are particularly vulnerable. Technology transfer is therefore believed to be key in supporting countries to improve their resilience.

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CIFOR and Partners Provide Insights on Gender and Climate Change [viewed]

CIFORDecember 2015: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has compiled and published a series of briefs titled 'Gender and Climate Change: Evidence and Experience' seeking to address gender and climate change policy issues by drawing on the experience of contributing partner organizations, including: CIFOR, Bioversity International, CARE International, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the Global Greengrants Fund (GGF), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), UN Women, the UN Development Programme and UN Environment Programme (UNDP-UNEP) Poverty-Environment Initiative, and the Women's Environment & Development Organization (WEDO).

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Event: International Symposium on Agricultural Biotechnologies [viewed]

Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Symposium on the Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition will explore how the application of science and technology, particularly agricultural biotechnologies, can benefit smallholders in developing sustainable food systems and improving nutrition in the context of climate change. It aims to cover the wide spectrum of available biotechnologies, including microbial food fermentation, tissue culture in plants, reproductive technologies in livestock, use of molecular markers, genetic modification and other technologies. A high-level ministerial segment will take place on 16 February.  

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January 2016 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

finace_climateFebruary 2016: During the month of January, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank and the Adaptation Fund, among others, reported on new funding approvals and other climate finance news. Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), climate funds and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched publications on, inter alia, blended climate finance, climate co-finance tracking and climate risk management.

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UNISDR Conference Launches Science and Technology Partnership [viewed]

UNISDR29 January 2016: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) convened the Science and Technology Conference on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030, which aimed to harness the power of science and technology in implementing the Sendai Framework. The event opened with a tribute to the hundreds of scientists who have contributed their time to research climate change and its impacts.

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State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources Report Urges Action to Conserve Livestock Diversity for Resilient Agriculture [viewed]

fao_headquarters27 January 2016: 'The Second Report on the State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture' (SoW-AnGR), published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), underlines the key importance of livestock diversity for adapting production systems to the impacts of climate change and meeting global challenges such as increasing demand for animal protein. The report finds that global livestock diversity remains at risk, and calls for stronger efforts to conserve the existing pool of animal genetic resources.

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E15 Examines Global Trade and Investment for Sustainable Development, Climate Action [viewed]

inititaive1522 January 2016: The E15 Initiative, organized by The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the World Economic Forum (WEF), released a series of papers on policy options for responding to critical global challenges, along with recommendations for reshaping the global trade and investment system. According to the Initiative, further work is needed to gain clarity on national actions that countries must take to meet their commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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