Poverty Eradication

Gates Foundation Announces Grants to Support Crop Diversity and Climate Adaptation [viewed]

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (logo courtesy of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)23 February 2012: At the 35th session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced seven new grants to agriculture totaling $200 million, including the $21 million Tropical Legumes II project and the $33 million Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa project.

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Fourth Farmers' Forum Stresses Need to Address Food Insecurity and Climate [viewed]

Farmers' Forum21 February 2012: At the Fourth Meeting of the Farmers' Forum, representatives of smallholders, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers focused on the links between poverty reduction and food insecurity and improving sustainable agricultural development.

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GEF SGP Reports on Land Degradation Project in Uganda [viewed]

GEF SGP Reports on Land Degradation Project in Uganda (photo courtesy of the GEF Secretariat)21 February 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) presented the results of a project carried out in Uganda to disseminate sustainable land use practices while supporting income-generating activities at the community level.

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UNEP Releases Report on Financing Renewable Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa [viewed]

UNEP21 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report titled “Financing Renewable Energy in Developing Countries: Drivers and Barriers for Private Finance in Sub-Saharan Africa.” The report was released to mark the African launch of the 2012 UN International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, which took place on the side of 12th Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS-12/GMEF).  

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Ramsar Releases First Batch of Draft COP 11 Resolutions [viewed]

20 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that, following the approval by the Standing Committee of the draft resolutions for consideration by the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP 11), the Secretariat is finalizing and translating the draft resolutions into the three Convention languages (English, French and Spanish).

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2012 World Day to Combat Desertification to Focus on Land Degradation Neutrality [viewed]

World Day to Combat Desertification 201217 February 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced the theme for the 2012 celebration of World Day to Combat Desertification. The annual event, which is celebrated on 17 June, will focus on "Healthy soil sustains your life: LET'S GO LAND-DEGRADATION NEUTRAL."

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IRENA Newsletter Details Results of Assembly, Pacific Leaders Meeting and WFES [viewed]

IRENAJanuary 2012: A Special Edition of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Newsletter highlights the results of three events related to the future of sustainable energy use – the Pacific Leader's Meeting, the Second Assembly of IRENA, and the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) – all of which focused on renewable energy strategies at regional and international levels.

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AMCEN Publication Provides Guide to Addressing Climate Change in the Context of Sustainable Development [viewed]

African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN)16 February 2012: The African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) has published a report titled "Addressing Climate Change Challenges in Africa: A Practical Guide towards Sustainable Development," which provides policy makers working in or with Africa with a practical guide and advice on addressing climate change within sustainable development policies and programmes.

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Global Organic Market Access Conference Examines Barriers for Access in Developing Countries [viewed]

GOMA14 February 2011: The Global Organic Market Access Conference focused on challenges facing organic agriculture in emerging markets, noting the large impact that minor differences in organic standards can have on accessing markets.

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ICIMOD Report on Himalayan Climate Variability Examines Farmers' Responses to Change [viewed]

16 February 2012: The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has released a study that investigates the impacts of climate change on mountain peoples' livelihoods, and aims to improve understanding of their vulnerability and adaptation to climate change.

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