Publication

FAO Identifies Opportunities for Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture in Latin America [viewed]

FAO8 April 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report documenting agriculture within and around 10 major cities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Titled, 'Growing Greener Cities in Latin America and the Caribbean,' the report explores the status of and ways to promote urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) in the region. 

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CTI-CFF Countries Note Marine Management Progress, Take Steps to Establish Regional Secretariat [viewed]

Coral Triangle Initiative31 March 2014: The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) member countries describe “modest indications” of positive changes in ecological and social conditions in CTI sites, according to the findings of a study conducted by researchers from the University of Washington. In addition, Indonesia, the Philippines and Timor-Leste have taken steps towards ratification of the Agreement for the establishment of the permanent CTI-CFF Regional Secretariat.

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CCAFS Moves towards Demand-Driven Research Approach [viewed]

CCAFS5 April 2014: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has embarked on an internal transformation process, which will move it towards a demand-driven, research for development approach.

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UNFCCC Publishes Parties' Submissions on REDD+ [viewed]

UNFCCCApril 2014: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has posted submissions from Parties on “methodological guidance for activities relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries." The views presented from Parties are on: methodological guidance for non-market-based approaches related to the implementation of the activities referred to in decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 70; and the issues referred to in decision 1/CP.18, paragraph 40.

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CIFOR Reveals Benefits of Certification in Congo Basin Forests [viewed]

CIFOR7 April 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a paper on the social benefits of forest certification in the Congo Basin. The publication examines certified forest management units (FMUs) in Cameroon, Gabon and the Republic of the Congo and concludes that certification leads to improved working and living conditions.

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FAO Tool Assesses Options for Integrated Food-Energy Systems [viewed]

FAO7 April 2014: Seeking to systematically evaluate under which conditions bioenergy production does not threaten food security, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has developed a tool to assess scalable opportunities for the sustainability of integrated food-energy systems.

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Bioversity Releases Seeds for Needs East Africa Poster [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalApril 2014: Bioversity International has released ‘Seeds for Needs in East Africa,' a poster from its Seeds for Needs projects in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. The poster describes the project's background, activities, results and future steps.

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IFPRI Paper Discusses Farmers' Preferences for CSA in India [viewed]

IFPRI LogoApril 2014: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has published a discussion paper, titled ‘Farmers' Preferences for Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA): An Assessment in the Indo-Gangetic Plain (IGP).' The paper discusses the findings of a study on farmers' preferences and willingness to pay (WTP) for climate-smart technologies in the IGP, a region that is highly vulnerable to climate change.

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CBD Secretariat Publishes Technical Study on Earth Observation for Biodiversity Monitoring [viewed]

cbd-technical-studyApril 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published a technical study that shows how Earth observation technologies can and should fit into systems for biodiversity monitoring. The report is intended as a resource for Earth observation specialists, biodiversity scientists and policy makers, and aims at creating common ground and initiating further dialogue.

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Guest Article #34: Seeds for a Changing Climate - Launching the 3rd Call for Project Proposals under the ITPGRFA [viewed]

The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) recently launched the 3rd Call for Proposals under its Benefit-sharing Fund. Ten million dollars will be invested in projects for the sustainable management of crop genetic resources in developing countries. A major focus is to develop seeds that are resilient to the effects of climate change and other threats to food security.

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