Agriculture & Food Security

UNEP, IDB Cooperate to Support SDGs and Paris Agreement [viewed]

unep_idb20 January 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) have announced that they will cooperate on environmental conservation in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. The IDB is set to increase its financial support to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to more than US$150 billion over the coming years.

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ITPGR Reports on its Sixth Governing Body, CBD Highlights Outcomes of Relevance [viewed]

ITPGR CBD19 January 2016: The report of the sixth session of the Governing Body (GB 6) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has been made available online. Given the close linkages between the ITPGR, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS), the CBD Secretariat has issued a notification highlighting some of the GB 6 outcomes that are of particular relevance to the CBD and the Nagoya Protocol.

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FAO Presents Tools for Gender Integration into Climate-smart Agriculture [viewed]

fao_headquartersJanuary 2016: Researchers of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have published a paper summarizing methods to analyze gender-differentiated impacts of climate-smart agriculture (CSA). The paper, titled 'Gender Integration into Climate-smart Agriculture: Tools for Data Collection and Analysis for Policy Research,' aims to enhance the understanding of gender-related determinants of outcomes and facilitate the development of effective interventions that improve gender equality.

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FAO Provides Guidance on Sustainable Intensification of Cereal Production [viewed]

fao_headquartersJanuary 2016: A guide published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) provides an overview of the FAO's model of ecosystem-based agriculture, called 'Save and Grow,' and presents case studies of its application around the world. The model is used to increase cereal yields while rendering production systems more sustainable and resilient to the impacts of climate change.

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Caribbean Region Slow to Address IUU, Reports FAO Brief [viewed]

fao_issue_brief18 January 2016: Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing represents one of the largest threats to sustainable fishing and marine biodiversity and hinders the Caribbean region's efforts to conserve and manage fish stocks, according to an issue brief on the topic by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN's (FAO) Sub-Regional Office for the Caribbean.

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GFFA 2016 Highlights Agriculture and Food Security for SDGs, Climate [viewed]

gffa16 January 2016: The 2016 Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) resulted in a Communiqué from the agriculture ministers of 65 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. The ministers call for ensuring food security for cities and rural areas through: sustainable, productive and profitable agriculture; efficient, reliable supply and value chains; and vibrant rural areas.

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FAO Reviews Risks and Responses to Climate Impacts on Food Security [viewed]

fao_headquarters15 January 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has released a paper reviewing the latest evidence on the impacts of climate change for food security and nutrition and options for response actions that enhance resilience of agricultural systems. The paper, titled 'Climate Change and Food Security: Risks and Responses,' concludes that reducing vulnerabilities should be a priority as poor vulnerable populations feel the worst impacts of climate change.

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Event: 5th Working Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) [viewed]

The Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) was established at the first Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) in 2013. Comprised of 27 soil experts representing all the regions of the world, the main function of the ITPS is to provide the GSP with scientific and technical advice and guidance on global soil issues, as well as to respond to specific requests submitted by global or regional institutions. The ITPS also advocates for addressing sustainable soil management within the context of sustainable development.  

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Event: European Soil Partnership (ESP) Workshop [viewed]

Under the auspices of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the European sub-regional Soil Partnership (ESP) was launched during the 2nd Global Soil Week in October 2013, and its Secretariat is based at the European Commission's Joint Research Center in Ispra, Italy. This workshop follows the finalization of a five year rolling sub-regional Implementation Plan during the second Plenary Meeting of the ESP that took placed in March 2015 in Rome, Italy. The Implementation Plans call for regular follow up workshops as part of GSP's goal of ensuring concrete field action at regional, national and local levels.  

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CFS Working Group Addresses Future Work on Nutrition and Focus of HLPE Report [viewed]

CFS14 January 2016: Established under the auspices of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on Nutrition held its first meeting and addressed: its workplan; the focus of the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) report on nutrition and food systems; and CFS' further involvement in nutrition.

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