Agriculture & Food Security

Event: Establishment of the International Network of Soil Information Institutions [viewed]

This proposed network falls under Pillar 4 of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Action Plan, which focuses on “enhancing the quantity and quality of soil data and information: data collection (generation), analysis, validation, reporting, monitoring and integration with other disciplines”. The network will contribute towards the GSP strategy of ‘Building the global system to monitor and forecast the condition of the Earth's soil resources'.  

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ICRAF Examines Landscape Approaches in Africa and LAC [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)July 2015: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has published a chapter, titled ‘Integrated landscape initiatives in practice: assessing experiences from 191 landscapes in Africa and Latin America,' in a book addressing ‘Climate-Smart Landscapes: Multifunctionality In Practice.' The chapter explains that landscape approaches are being undertaken more frequently in order to realize positive outcomes related to agricultural production, ecosystem conservation, rural livelihoods and multi-stakeholder coordination.

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Event: 4th Working Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils [viewed]

The Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) was established at the first Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) to provide scientific and technical advice and guidance on global soil issues to the GSP primarily, and to specific requests submitted by global or regional institutions. The ITPS also advocates for addressing sustainable soil management in the different sustainable development agendas.  

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Event: 2nd Africa Food Security and Adaptation Conference (AFSAC2) [viewed]

This conference will convene under the theme ‘Africa's Soil the New Frontier: Re-imagining Africa Food Security Now and into the Future under a Changing Climate'. The conference will explore how to sustainably tap into soil, one of Africa's key resources, in order to enhance food security and climate change resilience, while creating new employment opportunities for the continent's increasing youth population. Specific sessions will address a range of strategies to promote and transform ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA) driven agriculture in Africa, including how to: build scalable and inclusive business models; tap into innovative financing; involve women and youth more effectively; harness education, information and communication technology, and data; scale up EBA extension and knowledge services; incentivize private sector involvement; and contribute to increased South-South cooperation and capacity building. Building on the thematic discussions, the conference will focus on how to maximize policy frameworks and develop an action plan for implementing and scaling up EBA approaches and agro-value chains across Africa.

The conference is co-organized by the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) and the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with a range of partners from UN Agencies, international research and policy organizations, civil society networks and the private sector.  

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IFAD, CCAFS Outline Smallholder Farmers' Role in Reducing Emissions [viewed]

ifad-ccafs8 July 2015: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) have released the 'Mitigation Advantage Report' at Our Common Future Under Climate Change Science Conference held by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, France.

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UNEP Report Analyzes Trade-offs of Natural Resource-related SDGs [viewed]

UNEP6 July 2015: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) International Resource Panel (IRP) has published a report warning that “unless prudent natural resources management becomes an integral part of policy packages," the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will not achieve their purpose of ending extreme poverty by 2030. The report, ‘Policy Coherence of the Sustainable Development Goals: A Natural Resource Perspective,' contends that sustainable prosperity for current and future generations requires maintaining and restoring ecosystem health.

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Final MDG Report: Gains, Shortfalls Point Way to Post-2015 Success [viewed]

milenium_goals_report6 July 2015: Extreme poverty was ended for more than one billion people through efforts under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to the final edition of the MDGs Report. The 2015 report highlights achievements in access to drinking water, universal primary education, child and maternal health, gender equality and eliminating hunger, among others. However, the report also underscores the need for more work as part of the post-2015 development agenda and the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure that the poorest and most vulnerable people are not left behind.

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Third GSP Plenary Assembly Considers Global Soil Management Strategies [viewed]

gsp_yis1 July 2015: The third session of the Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) agreed to explore the development of voluntary guidelines for the sustainable management of soil resources, as part of a set of strategies aimed at establishing a coherent global strategy for soil protection. The meeting convened in Rome, Italy, from 22- 24 June 2015, under the auspices of the 2015 International Year of Soils (IYS 2015).

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June 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

june2015-climatefinance11 July 2015: During the month of June, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, the Adaptation Fund, the World Agroforestry Centre, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership reported on climate finance projects and other related news. ADB, AfDB, GCF, the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) launched publications.

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ITPGR Benefit-Sharing Project in India Identifies Climate-Resilient Crop Varieties [viewed]

ITPGR1 July 2015: The Benefit-Sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has supported a project across several states in Northern India, with focus on screening varieties of rice and other crops for climate resilience and storing the material in newly established seed banks. The project was implemented by the civil society organization Gene Campaign, in collaboration with Bioversity International and with the participation of 25,000 farmers.

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