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1 August 2011: In preparation for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the African Union (AU) is launching a new policy journal, ECOLOGUE, with a focus on climate change issues.
July 2011: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a series of briefs on food security and climate change in Africa. The briefs use a selection of climate scenarios to model hydrological and temperature impacts on productivity and income, as well as adaptation scenarios.
This symposium is organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). It will build on the WMO meeting on national drought policies held at George Mason University, Fairfax, US, from 14-15 July 2011, which outlined steps for countries to reduce drought risks and help coordinate the development of a "best-practices" compendium on developing drought policies. The collaboration between the WMO and UNCCD builds on recent partnerships, such as on the use of the Standard Precipitation Index as a universal drought index.
July 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has opened a webportal on the food crisis in the Horn of Africa.
Event: Global Soil Partnership for Food Security and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Launch [viewed]
On the basis of the recommendation of FAO's High-Level External Committee (HLEC) on the Millennium Development Goals to the Director-General (13-14 October 2009) and the discussions and conclusions from the 22nd Committee on Agriculture (COAG), which took place from 16-19 June 2010, preparatory activities have been initiated to develop a vision statement, strategy and action plan towards the establishment of a Global Soil Partnership (GSP) for Food Security and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. The GSP is expected to develop synergies and cost savings among the various existing networks and programmes.
July 2011: At the Expert Meeting on the Preparation of a Compendium on National Drought Policy, a group of international scientists took the first step toward preparing a Compendium on National Drought Policy in the context of the need to develop pro-active, risk-based national drought policies.
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Expanded Constituency Workshop will gather participants from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) will hold a workshop for programme managers and national coordinators in the Asia Pacific region.
Event: CIALCA International Conference: Challenges and Opportunities for Agricultural Intensification of the Humid-Highland Systems of sub-Saharan Africa [viewed]
This meeting is being hosted by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa.