Agriculture & Food Security

Event: Regional Workshop on African Agriculture in a Changing Climate [viewed]

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), the East African Community (EAC) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) are convening the 'Regional Workshop on African Agriculture in a changing climate: Enhancing the up-take of Climate Smart Agriculture' with the aim to: consider the outcomes of the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 19) and explore ways of consolidating the common African common position on agriculture in the on-going negotiations; share experiences in the development and implementation of the National Climate Change Policies/Strategies/Action Plans with a view to determining their readiness to access climate finance; explore ways of enhancing synergy between the national climate change and agricultural policies and strategies; assess the readiness of African countries to access climate finance; and facilitate and identify climate-smart agriculture (CSA) priority action areas and adopt a common approach to the emerging Global Alliance on Climate Smart Agriculture.  

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FAO Compiles Experiences on Adaptation in Fisheries and Aquaculture Sectors [viewed]

FAOJanuary 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has assembled descriptions of 26 current or recent fisheries and aquaculture programmes that have addressed climate change adaptation in developing countries.

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January 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

World Bank AFDB21 January 2014: The World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) made a number of investments in the water and sanitation sector in January 2014, including in Albania, Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Madagascar, the Russian Federation, Togo and Viet Nam, for projects aimed at improving basic urban services, providing rural access to water supply and sanitation, expanding hydromet systems to monitor hydrological information, and improve the climate resilience of irrigated agriculture and water supply and sanitation services, among others.

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Blue Economy Summit Adopts Abu Dhabi Declaration [viewed]

abu-dhabi20 January 2014: Participants at the Blue Economy Summit adopted the Abu Dhabi Declaration, which describes the blue economy as a tool to promote, inter alia, sustainable development, poverty eradication and climate change mitigation in small island developing States (SIDS) and coastal countries.

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UNEP-WCMC Announces Winners of tvebiomovies 2013 Film Competition [viewed]

Unep-WcmcJanuary 2014: The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has announced the winners of a short film-making competition called 'tvebiomovies 2013.'

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Event: Seventh GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium [viewed]

Information and expertise on Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) implementation in the Asia-Pacific region will be exchanged under five working groups on: the Asian Water Cycle Initiative; agriculture and food security; forest carbon tracking; Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network; and ocean observation and society.  

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Ministerial Summit Renews GEO's Mandate [viewed]

geox17 January 2014: The Group on Earth Observations' (GEO) Tenth Plenary Session (GEO-X) and Geneva Ministerial Summit renewed GEO's mandate and launched the process for the development of a second 10-Year Implementation Plan for the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) to cover 2015-2025.

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Bioversity Releases Seeds for Needs Policy Briefs [viewed]

seedsforneedJanuary 2014: Bioversity International has released policy briefs from its Seeds for Needs project, which seeks to combine climate change scenarios with information on crop diversity to better understand autonomous and planned adaptation strategies in the face of climate change.

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ICRAF Publication Notes Need for Research on Agroforestry Benefits [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)10 January 2014: In a report, titled 'Agroforestry Solutions to Address Food Security and Climate Change Challenges in Africa,' the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) explores the potential of agroforestry, noting that while it can increase agricultural production in some circumstances, additional research is needed to establish the conditions under which a concrete link can be drawn between agroforestry and improved food security.  

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Bolivia Assumes Chair of G-77-China [viewed]

G77 and China8 January 2014: Bolivia took over from Fiji as Chair of the Group of 77 and China (G-77/China) during a special ceremony held at UN Headquarters in New York. Bolivian President Evo Morales attended the event, during which UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President of the General Assembly (PGA) John Ashe urged the Group to work collectively towards reaching: the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); a unified and universal post-2015 development agenda, with poverty eradication as the overarching goal; and a new global climate agreement.

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