Agriculture & Food Security

GEF Council Approves Largest Proposed Work Program in History of GEF Financing [viewed]

Participants at the 48th meeting of the GEF Council 4 June 2015: The 48th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted the largest proposed Work Program in the history of GEF financing, involving a total of US$709 million of GEF Trust Fund resources, plus an indicative amount of US$4.81 billion in co-financing. The Work Program encompasses Integrated Approach Pilots (IAPs) on sustainable cities, food security in sub-Saharan Africa, and taking deforestation out of commodity supply chains, as well as other projects and programs.

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ITC Publications Address Wildlife Trade and Climate Change and Agri-Food Trade [viewed]

ITC5 June 2015: International trade in wildlife can be sustainable and contribute to biodiversity conservation and local livelihoods if certain conditions are in place, according to a publication released by the International Trade Centre (ITC) on World Environment Day (WED). Also commemorating WED, ITC released a study on the perceptions of agri-exporters in Peru and Uganda on climate change.

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UNDP-GEF Annual Report Provides Performance Ratings of US$10.35 Billion in Projects [viewed]

UNDP - GEF22 May 2015: The UN Development Programme Global Environmental Finance Unit (UNDP-GEF) released its seventh annual performance report, providing progress and quality ratings of environment and sustainable development projects to the value of US$10.35 billion.

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AfDB/WWF Report Examines What Africa's Economic Success Means for its “Ecological Future” [viewed]

african_ecological_futures27 May 2015: As part of events marking the 50th anniversary of the African Development Bank (AfDB), AfDB and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) launched the 'African Ecological Futures Report 2015,' in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, on 26 May 2015. The report opens with the observation that with many countries sustaining high economic growth over the past 15 years, “the narrative is rightly beginning to question the extent to which Africa's growth is sustainably transforming livelihoods while lifting millions from abject poverty.”

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FAO Announces Official Documents for Third GSP Plenary Assembly [viewed]

year-soil-global_soilJune 2015: The first 'Status of the World Soil Resources Report (SWSR)' and an accompanying 'Summary Report for Policy Makers' are among documents to be presented for endorsement by the third Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP). The Assembly takes place from 22-24 June 2015, at the headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in Rome, Italy.

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UNCCD GM/IOM Project Explores Innovative Financing to Tackle Forced Migration in Sahelian Countries [viewed]

Global Mechanism27 May 2015: Three West African Sahelian countries have convened national consultations on how to harness innovative financing mechanisms, including diaspora investments, to urgently address the links between forced migration and desertification, land degradation and drought.

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CCAFS, CTA, Farming First Release Guide to Negotiations on Agriculture under UNFCCC [viewed]

CCAFS - CTA - Farming FirstApril 2015: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and Farming First have published an updated report on engaging in negotiations on agriculture under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), titled 'Guide to Negotiations on Agriculture and Climate Change – Toolkit for Communications and Outreach.'

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African Soil Experts Consolidate Regional Soil Partnership (IYS 2015) [viewed]

international year of soils22 May 2015: The African Soil Partnership consultation workshop that took place in Elmina, Ghana, from 20-22 May 2015, established a steering committee and finalized an implementation plan to guide the network's activities for the coming five years. Convened under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015, the workshop aimed to further consolidate the regional network in order to contribute to the objectives of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP).

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ILC Reflects on Experience Since 2011 Adoption of Tirana Declaration [viewed]

ILC22 May 2015: ‘From Tirana to Dakar: A Report (2011-2015)' highlights the achievements of the International Land Coalition (ILC) in the five years between the adoption of the Tirana Declaration in 2011 and the 2015 Land Forum in Dakar, Senegal. It notes that, while global understanding of land rights and land governance are "closer to the vision of our members,” more needs to be done to turn this vision into reality.

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International Biodiversity Day Celebrates Biodiversity and Sustainable Development [viewed]

international_day_biological_biodiv22 May 2015: The 2015 International Day for Biological Diversity convened under the theme, ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Development,' reflecting the importance of efforts made to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the relevance of biodiversity for achieving sustainable development. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) organized several events to mark the occasion on 22 May 2015, including one at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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