Agriculture & Food Security

WMO Highlights Women's Role in Building Resilience [viewed]

WMO7 November 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) convened a conference aimed to ensure that: weather and climate services consider the special needs and strengths of women in order to reduce their vulnerability to disasters and climate change; and realize their potential as champions of community resilience.

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Event: Emerging Activities to Combat Climate Change: Use of FAO Data and IPCC GHG Inventory Guidelines for Agriculture and Land Use [viewed]

FAO, IPCC and IFAD are jointly organizing this expert meeting, which will take place in Rome, Italy, at FAO headquarters, on 13-14 November 2014. Participants will gather as a follow-up to a 2009 joint FAO-IPCC-IFAD event. The 2014 expert meeting is meant to serve both as a reflection of progress made since 2009 and as an opportunity to build on lessons learned and to address emerging needs in the area of improved forest and rural statistics, for use not only in national GHG inventory and mitigation, but also for rural development in general. In this regard, experts will discuss the new data and tools developed by FAO, such as FAOSTAT Emissions Database and new guidelines on mitigation. The event will address the urgent need to conduct analyses, identify actions and implement activities for both mitigation and adaptation responses to climate change.  

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Guest Article #115: The Valuable Relationship Between Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change [viewed]

Because of its possible effects on climate change and on natural resource degradation, the way in which we produce our food is a globally important issue. Agriculture − including its contribution to deforestation and its use of fossil fuels – is said to account for almost one third of total greenhouse gas emissions.

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CIAT, CATIE Produce LAC Climate-smart Agriculture Profiles [viewed]

ciat-catie30 October 2014: The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) have developed nine climate-smart agriculture (CSA) profiles for countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to support the mainstreaming of CSA through raising awareness of its importance.

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UNEP Magazine 'Our Planet' Focuses on Protected Areas, Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

UNEPNovember 2014: The November issue of the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) ‘Our Planet' magazine focuses on interactions between biodiversity, climate change and protected areas under the heading ‘Climate for Life.' The issue contains 11 feature articles and provides highlights of UNEP's work as well as country-level action on climate change mitigation and environmental conservation.

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CCAC Agriculture Initiative Expands to Methane Emissions from Rice [viewed]

ccac-ccaf-ciat-irri31 October 2014: A research effort to reduce methane emissions from rice cultivation in Viet Nam, Bangladesh and Colombia has been launched under the Agriculture Initiative of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC). Three international research institutions, working together with rice farmers, policy makers and other partners, expect to reduce emissions by 30-50% by using an innovative irrigation method.

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UN Right to Food Rapporteur Outlines Priorities on Climate Change, Food Waste and SDGs [viewed]

United NationsOctober 2014: A human-rights based approach to food security is necessary to provide access to affordable, nutritious food for all and to eliminate hunger, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Hilal Elver, said in her first report to the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The report describes renewed political commitment as essential to advance the right to adequate food.

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IPCC Approves AR5 Synthesis Report [viewed]

ipcc401 November 2014: The 40th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-40) met to consider and finalize the Synthesis Report (SYR), which integrates the findings from the three IPCC Working Group (WG) reports. Together, these comprise the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). On 1 November, the Panel approved the SYR's Summary for Policymakers (SPM) line by line, and adopted the longer SYR section by section.

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October 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

climate-finance3 November 2014: During October 2014, the Asian Development Bank (ABD), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) reported on climate resilience projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America, among others.

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Second Committee Discusses Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition [viewed]

unga6928 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) discussed Agriculture development, food security and nutrition, beginning with an introduction to this year's report of the UN Secretary-General on the topic (A/69/279). Nikhil Seth, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), highlighted the importance of food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture in the post-2015 development agenda.

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