Land

Event: 70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 70) [viewed]

The 70th Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 70) is scheduled to open at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 15 September 2015. The General Debate is scheduled to open on Tuesday, 22 September 2015.  

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FAO Launches Policy Guide and Learning Event on Advancing Agroforestry [viewed]

FAO5 February 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the first in a series of working papers on agroforestry. The guide, titled "Advancing Agroforestry on the Policy Agenda," is aimed at decision makers, NGOs and government agencies to promote the integration of agroforestry into national strategies.

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Event: Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety COP-MOP 7 [viewed]

The seventh meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference of the Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is scheduled for 29 September-3 October 2014. Among other issues, the meeting is expected to address: handling, transport, packaging and identification (HTPI) of living modified organisms (LMOs); risk assessment and risk management; and socio-economic considerations.  

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CGIAR Partners Decode Chickpea Genome [viewed]

28 January 2013: In a breakthrough that may lead to new, improved varieties of chickpeas with drought tolerance and disease resistance, scientists from the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) have decoded the genome sequences of 90 chickpea varieties from 10 countries.

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Event: 36th Session of IFAD's Governing Council [viewed]

The 36th Session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will focus on the theme "The power of partnerships in advancing smallholder agriculture in developing countries". Partnerships serve smallholder farmers in many ways from expanding their operations cost-effectively to providing access to knowledge, research and technology.  

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IFAD Announces e-Learning Course on Smallholder Agriculture, Environment and Climate Change [viewed]

30 January 2013: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has launched a series of training modules focused on smallholders, the environment and climate change developed for actors involved in project design, supervision and implementation.

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CGIAR Highlights Climate Benefits of Coffee-Banana Intercropping [viewed]

21 January 2013: A study by two centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), namely the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), demonstrates large income benefits of intercropping coffee and bananas in Uganda, as well as evidence that intercropping may help farmers cope with climate change.

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Event: Options for Addressing Tenure under REDD+ [viewed]

The objectives of the expert consultation are to increase the understanding of tenure related challenges to REDD+ by exchanging experiences on the various approaches for addressing tenure under REDD+ and to elaborate REDD+ specific options.  

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Event: Soil Carbon Sequestration: A Solution for Climate, Food Security and Ecosystem Services [viewed]

This conference aims to highlight the growing importance of conserving and restoring soil organic carbon for multiple win-win benefits within various land type and land use settings. The conference will review the state of science and further knowledge needs involved and discuss, inter alia; land use and land restoration practices; how to verify carbon sequestration and linkages with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and other global goals, agreements and negotiations; and how to increase the flow of climate-linked funding for land and soil restoration. Organizers include the European Commission, the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) and United Nations University (UNU). Following the Soil Carbon Sequestration conference, the FP7 Environment funded SoilTrEC project will organize a training event for Early Stage Researchers that wish to expand their knowledge into farming approaches and their impacts on farming sustainability.  

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Event: Agroforestry, Food Security and Climate Change [viewed]

The Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture (MICCA) Programme of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is convening an on-line learning event on agroforestry and climate change in collaboration with the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), Agricultural Research Centre for Development (CIRAD) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). The event consists of four related webinars on: setting the objectives of the learning event; cases of emerging opportunities for agroforestry in the context of climate change; governance, economics and financing for climate-smart agroforestry; and recommendations to the International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition. The on-line event will take place from 5-26 February 2013.  

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