Land

GCARD Conference Focuses on Engaging Smallholder Farmers [viewed]

1 November 2012: During the Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (CGARD) a broad range of stakeholders discussed the importance of open access to agricultural research, best practices on engaging smallholder farmers and implementation of the GCARD six-point Road Map.

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FAO Film Documents Seed Diversity and Climate Adaptation in Ethiopia [viewed]

FAONovember 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a short film that documents the ways Ethiopian smallholder farmers recognize and use seed diversity in their local farming practices to build resilience into their fields.

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Event: International Conference on Food Security in Dry Lands [viewed]

This conference is held under the auspices of the Heir Apparent, His Highness, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thaniin, in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Bank, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) of Qatar Foundation, among other partners. The conference will bring together a broad range of stakeholders and will focus on three thematic areas, namely food security, water resources, and responsible investment. The conference will include a Ministerial Dialogue on Dry Lands Agriculture under a Changing Climate, which will focus on two themes: the energy-water-food nexus; and financing dry land agriculture and food production. The conference is expected to yield an outcome document with distilled summary recommendations that represent the consensus of the participants on future courses of action required under all thematic areas examined by the conference. The outcome document aims to lead to the adoption of the Doha Declaration that would clearly set a target percentage and date for the allocation of a significant proportion of the national public expenditure for programmes and projects to achieve food security on an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable basis. The outcome document will also present the main thrusts of an Action Plan to follow-up on agreed recommendations and commitments.  

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Event: CBD COP 12 [viewed]

The twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will engage in a mid-term review of the implementation of the Strategic Plan and the Aichi targets. The theme of the meeting will be 'Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.' The Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP MOP 7) will take place immediately before COP 12.  

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CBD Workshop Builds National Capacity on Rio Conventions Synergies [viewed]

CBD2 November 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), conducted a capacity building workshop on national level implementation of synergies among the Rio Conventions (CBD, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)).

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UNGA Debates Agricultural Development, Food Security [viewed]

5 November 2012: In meetings of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee, Member States called for increased efforts to address agriculture and food security in the international development agenda, stressing that climate change exacerbates food security concerns.

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FAO Report Describes Role of Women in Conserving Livestock Diversity [viewed]

FAO5 November 2012: A new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) finds that two-thirds of the poor individuals raising livestock are women, and that they play an important role in maintaining indigenous breeds. 

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WHO, WMO Launch Atlas of Health and Climate [viewed]

29 October 2012: The World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) launched "The Atlas of Health and Climate" at an Extraordinary Session of the World Meteorological Congress (WMC) in Geneva, Switzerland. The Atlas highlights current and emerging challenges to human health and showcases how climate services can protect human health through prevention, preparedness and risk management.

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Report on Internally Displaced Persons Highlights Influence of Climate Change, Other Megatrends [viewed]

24 October 2012: Chaloka Beyani, UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, presented his report titled “Protection of and assistance to internally displaced persons” to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, US. Beyani underscores that internal displacement remains a significant human rights challenge.

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IPC-IG Publishes Brief on Climate Change, Farming and Gender in Madagascar [viewed]

October 2012: The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) has released a Policy Research Brief titled “Greening the Economy and Increasing Economic Equity for Women Farmers in Madagascar.” The brief, authored by Zo Randriamaro, with contributions from Neesha Fakir, highlights the role of formal and informal institutions in local responses to climate change and reveals the need for innovative coping strategies to address climate shocks and hazards.   

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