Agriculture & Food Security

LAC Workshop Calls for Increased Biogas Production from Family Agriculture [viewed]

unido-iica-olade-iea28 August 2014: Specialists from 16 Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries attended a workshop on how the production of biogas from the family agricultural sector can reduce the sector's waste production, water contamination and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while providing a renewable energy source for rural areas.

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Coffee Gene Sequencing Project Supports Climate Adaptation [viewed]

idb-fontagro11 September 2014: The complete sequence of the coffee genome has been released into the public domain in an attempt to accelerate plant variety selection in the face of climate change and to meet growers' specific needs. The genetic information of the Coffea arabica and Coffea eugenioides species, containing the location and characterization of more than 30,000 genes, was presented during the Conference of the Association for Science and Information on Coffee (ASIC), held 8-13 September in Armenia, Colombia.

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Event: ITPGR High-Level Expert Workshop on Food Crops for Agriculture in Changing Climate: An Expert Communiqué [viewed]

To be held on the sidelines of the UN Climate Summit, this Expert Workshop will address the role of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) in addressing the challenges of producing more nutritious food on less land under the influence of climate change. The workshop will cover activities and initiatives under the Treaty in three segments: conservation and management of crop diversity; the Treaty systems for downstream use of crop diversity; and breeding and making available climate-smart varieties to farmers.  

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2014 SEED Awards Celebrate African, Low-Carbon and Women's Enterprises [viewed]

Seed10 September 2014: A total of 41 enterprises from Africa and elsewhere have received the 2014 SEED Award, which celebrates innovative social and environmental start-up enterprises in developing and emerging economies tackling key sustainable development challenges at community level. The awards were announced during the 2014 SEED Awards Africa Symposium, held from 10-11 September 2014, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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IFPRI Launches Climate Change and Food Policy Website [viewed]

IFPRI Logo8 September 2014: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has launched a new website showcasing ongoing climate change research and project activities. The website aims to gather content, such as blogs, research outputs and project updates, from IFPRI climate change-related research and work seeking to assist small-scale farmers in finding ways to sustainably adapt and build resilience to a changing climate.

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CCAFS Studies Agricultural Impacts of Climate Change in Central and South America [viewed]

CCAFSAugust 2014: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has published a working paper, titled ‘Climate Change in Central and South America: Recent Trends, Future Projections, and Impacts on Regional Agriculture,' which focuses on climate change impacts on key crops currently grown in each region.

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World Water Week Calls for Water Goal in Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

SIWI5 September 2014: World Water Week, which convened this year on the theme 'Energy and Water,' closed with a call for inclusion of a standalone water target in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the post-2015 development agenda.

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NORDEN Report Assesses Climate Change Effects on Primary Nordic Industries [viewed]

Nordic Council LogoAugust 2014: The Nordic Council of Ministers (NORDEN) has published a report, titled ‘Climate change and primary industries: Impacts, adaptation and mitigation in the Nordic countries,' which focuses on the effects of climate change on the primary Nordic industries, namely agriculture, fishing and forestry.

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SIDS Conference Concludes with 297 Partnerships, Adoption of Outcome Document [viewed]

Samoa Partnerships Commitment4 September 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) took place from 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa, on the theme of ‘The Sustainable Development of SIDS Through Genuine and Durable Partnerships.' The Conference produced an outcome document, titled ‘SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway,' which was negotiated during the preparatory process at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and adopted during the closing plenary.

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August 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

idb-adb-wb-cif5 September 2014: During the month of August 2014, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the World Bank reported on various climate finance projects. The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) announced a publication on the ADB's climate finance projects in the Asia-Pacific, and the World Bank highlighted its climate and disaster risk screening policies.

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