Land

CGIAR Highlights Tools that Improve Farming Responses to Drought [viewed]

6 March 2013: In the context of the upcoming High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 11-15 March 2013, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is highlighting a collection of tools and outputs of its research centers that are contributing to more effective responses to drought.

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CILSS Launches Climate Change and Sustainable Land Management Platform [viewed]

6 March 2013: The Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) and its technical institution, AGRHYMET Regional Center, have launched a new platform dedicated to climate change and sustainable land management.

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Event: Dublin Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Climate Justice [viewed]

The Irish Government and the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice will convene an international conference to open dialogue and debate on the global challenges of hunger, nutrition and climate justice, with the goal of encouraging and inspiring innovative thinking and solutions. The conference is being organized in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). This will not be an intergovernmental meeting, but instead will bring together key policy makers and global thought leaders with local people and practitioners facing the realities of rising food prices, failed crops, under-nutrition and voicelessness. The objective will be to facilitate a respectful dialogue and learn from practical experience and robust evidence to inform a new approach to addressing hunger, nutrition and climate justice, in the context of the new international development agenda. The aim will not simply be to adopt an outcome document, but to inspire new ways of thinking about global development challenges and to invigorate and broaden the debate, at all levels, listening to and learning from the experiences of local people, and rooting future thematic policy approaches in their lives and their efforts to cope. To facilitate a focused dialogue, participation will be by invitation, but there will be opportunities for others to participate online.  

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World Food Organizations Discuss Visions for Achieving Global Food Security [viewed]

FAO28 February 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) held a series of high-profile discussions looking at hunger in the context of a growing population and climate change.

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World Bank Grants "Green Team" Award to Great Green Wall Initiative [viewed]

World Bank - GEF27 February 2013: The World Bank has granted the "Green Team Award" to the Sahel and West Africa Program in Support of the Great Green Wall Initiative (SAWAP/GGWI),  in recognition of its work in 12 African countries to address land degradation, climate change adaptation and mitigation, as well as biodiversity and forests.

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International Food Organizations Stress the Role of Climate Change in Worsening Hunger [viewed]

28 February 2013: Referencing a recent report from the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), an op-ed from leaders of the World Food Programme (WFP), the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and others underscores the links among climate change, hunger and poor nutrition.

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CEO Ishii Discusses GEF Role in Transformational Change [viewed]

27 February 2013: Naoko Ishii, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Global Environment Facility (GEF), noted the importance of a dialogue with the next generation of leaders regarding the GEF's role in transformational change during an address at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

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UNISDR Assisting Government of Palestine to Establish Disaster Loss Database [viewed]

25 February 2013: The UN Office for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced it is assisting the Government of Palestine in establishing its first national disaster loss database. UNISDR is conducting disaster assistance training with 100 government, non-governmental, and UN agency participants.

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FAO Report Considers the Sustainability of Biofuel Crops [viewed]

FAOFebruary 2013: A new report of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO), titled "Biofuels and the Sustainability Challenge," addresses the issue of biofuel sustainability based on a global assessment of major commodities and feedstocks. The report is guided by the need to understand the economic, environmental and social sustainability dimensions of biofuels, and how these elements can be used to address the challenges of land-use change, food security and climate change.

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UNEP's AEO-3 Highlights Health Effects of Environmental Change [viewed]

21 February 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the Third African Environment Outlook (AEO-3) Summary for Policy Makers, commissioned by the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN). The report focuses on the links between environment and health, and includes subsections on: air quality; biodiversity; chemicals and waste; climate change and variability; coastal and marine resources; freshwater and sanitation; and land.

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