Agriculture & Food Security

Event: 39th Session of the FAO Conference [viewed]

The 39th session of the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will be convened under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015. The latest edition of the World Soil Resources Report will be launched during the Conference.  

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UN-Water Report Calls to Prioritize Wastewater in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

UN Water Logo2 February 2015: A UN-Water report calls for prioritizing wastewater treatment under a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on water, highlighting that only 20% of the world's wastewater is currently being treated. 'Wastewater Management: A UN-Water Analytical Brief' was produced by the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN-Habitat on behalf of UN-Water.

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World Wetlands Day Celebrates "Wetlands For Our Future" [viewed]

Ramsar2 February 2015: The annual World Wetlands Day was celebrated on 2 February 2015, marking the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971 in Ramsar, Iran, and helping to raise public awareness of the value and importance of wetlands. Held under the theme ‘Wetlands for our future,' it sought to highlight the many ways in which we can all contribute to their conservation and restoration.

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FAO, Malawi to Protect Farmers from Severe Flooding [viewed]

fao-malawi28 January 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is working with the Government of Malawi on a US$16 million plan to protect farmers from severe flooding, which has destroyed fields and homes, washed away animals and crops, and is threatening food security in the affected areas, including with disease outbreaks that could affect surviving livestock.

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January 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

adaptation-fund-adb-cif-ebrd-idb-wb31 January 2015: During January 2015, the Adaptation Fund, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the World Bank reported on new funding and projects, and on finance-related tools and capacity-building activities. ADB, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank published articles, studies and other material on, inter alia: climate proofing of transport infrastructure; vulnerability and resilience in cities; financial instruments; and carbon pricing and offsets.

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Forest and Farm Facility Grant Winners Plan for Strengthened Producer Organizations [viewed]

FAO29 January 2015: Winners of the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) call for proposals met to exchange experiences and discuss ways to strengthen the role of forest and farm producer organizations. Key issues discussed include: strengthening and linking global and regional networks, reflecting local realities in global policy, ensuring that global decisions are transmitted to local actors, and building capacity for communication and information sharing networks.

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World Bank Implementing Fisheries, Poverty Reduction Programs in Solomon Islands [viewed]

Worldbanklogo29 January 2015: The World Bank and the Government of the Solomon Islands signed agreements for three projects related to fisheries management, poverty reduction, rural development and economic and fiscal reform in Honiara, the Solomon Islands.

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World Agroforestry Centre Helps Indian Communities Produce Biofuels [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre21 January 2015: The World Agroforestry Centre's Programme for the Development of Alternative Biofuel Crops has organized a workshop aimed at enhancing small-scale biofuel production in rural India. During the workshop on 'Sustainable Rural Biofuel Energy Options: A Dialogue with Farmers,' the Programme held capacity building sessions with community members and introduced domestically-manufactured machines for processing oilseeds into biofuels in 20 villages in the Hassan District of India's state of Karnataka.

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Bioversity Showcases Crop Diversification Practices in Southeast Asia [viewed]

CGIARJanuary 2015: A report published by Bioversity International focuses on how Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam are using crop diversification to bolster resilience to climate change. The publication, titled 'Effective Implementation of Crop Diversification Strategies for Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam: Insights from Past Experiences and Ideas for New Research,' aims to fill gaps in current research and inform pilot initiatives to be tested at the sub-national level and possibly scaled up as national programmes.

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Event: Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summits and Expo [viewed]

The Asia Pacific Resilience Summits and Expo (APRISE2015) will feature: the seventh annual Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo; the Pacific Agriculture Innovation Summit and Showcase; the Pacific Defense Energy Summit and Showcase; and the Islands Innovation Summit and Showcase. All the events will bring together stakeholders from the business, government and technology sectors to focus on resilience. Participants will explore solutions across the "global resilience pillars of energy, agriculture, water and security" for the vanguard communities in the onset of climate change. Energy topics will include everything from microgrids, storage, grid security and defense, to bioenergy, waste and water innovations, transportation, carbon utilization and renewables. In addition to covering related energy topics, the Agriculture Summit will consider, inter alia, precision agriculture, crop and yield innovations, and aquaculture innovations. On islands, the programme will include an examination of islands' resilience needs, including disaster and resource management.  

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