Agriculture & Food Security

LifeWeb Initiative Showcases Conservation, Poverty Reduction Links [viewed]

LifeWeb14 November 2014: The Spain-UN Environment Programme (UNEP) LifeWeb Initiative is being used to show how biodiversity conservation, poverty reduction and improved livelihoods are linked, with some 11 projects conducted across 15 protected areas (PAs). UNEP says that community empowerment, monitoring and enforcement, and better financing are key to habitat conservation and species protection across the PAs.

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50in10 Proposes Theory of Change to Accelerate Fisheries Restoration through Collaboration [viewed]

50in10November 2014: Empowering fishermen and local communities to co-manage fisheries, making science-based decisions, reforming public policies and harnessing the market for sustainable seafood exemplify sustainable fishing success stories, according to a ‘Theory of Change: Accelerating Global Fisheries Restoration through Collaboration,' published by 50in10. The Theory of Change publication promotes a coordinated, holistic approach to connect and expand individual success stories to foster transitions to sustainable fishing globally, emphasizing that such an approach can provide more resilient ecosystems, increased economic opportunities and more food.

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OECD Makes the Case for Green Growth in Southeast Asia [viewed]

OECD_NEW11 November 2014: As part of its Green Growth Series, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a report detailing the unsustainability of Southeast Asia's current growth path. The report finds that climate change, fossil fuel-related pollution and an over-dependence on natural resources will hurt growth, prosperity and health in the long-run.

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FAO Report Assesses Water and Rural Poverty in Asia [viewed]

FAONovember 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report, titled ‘Water and the Rural Poor: Interventions for Improving Livelihoods in Asia,' which examines the relationship between poverty, agriculture and access to water in rural areas of Asia.

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CGIAR Launches Ecosystem Services and Resilience Framework [viewed]

CGIAR11 November 2014: The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) has launched the Ecosystem Services and Resilience (ESR) Framework for using ecosystem service and resilience concepts to improve human well-being and food and livelihood security in agricultural landscapes.

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APEC Ministers Address Wildlife, Energy, Oceans and Disaster Management [viewed]

apec10 November 2014: The 26th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting released a Joint Statement addressing the advancement of economic integration; promotion of innovative development, economic reform and growth; and strengthened comprehensive connectivity and infrastructure development, among other issues.

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UNEP, League of Arab States Cooperating on Environment [viewed]

unep-las10 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the League of Arab States (LAS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the 51st Meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment (CAMRE). The MoU provides the basis for enhanced cooperation and coordination on a range of programmes and activities related to biodiversity, climate change, environmental governance, the green economy, post conflict assessments and recovery, sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and water resources.

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UNCTAD Reports on State of Biofuels Market [viewed]

Unctad4 November 2014: Biofuels account for 1% of global energy use, according to a report published by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The report, titled ‘The State of the Biofuels Market: Regulatory, Trade and Development Perspectives,' offers a snapshot of the biofuels market and its contribution to energy access and improved livelihoods in developing countries.

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Bioversity International Supports Cacao Breeders in the Americas [viewed]

Bioversity International6 November 2014: The Americas Cacao Breeders Working Group was established during a meeting of the Americas Cacao Breeders to improve germplasm management and boost breeding efforts to adapt cacao production to changing weather and disease.

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Event: Emerging Activities to Combat Climate Change: Use of FAO Data and IPCC GHG Inventory Guidelines for Agriculture and Land Use [viewed]

FAO, IPCC and IFAD are jointly organizing this expert meeting, which will take place in Rome, Italy, at FAO headquarters, on 13-14 November 2014. Participants will gather as a follow-up to a 2009 joint FAO-IPCC-IFAD event. The 2014 expert meeting is meant to serve both as a reflection of progress made since 2009 and as an opportunity to build on lessons learned and to address emerging needs in the area of improved forest and rural statistics, for use not only in national GHG inventory and mitigation, but also for rural development in general. In this regard, experts will discuss the new data and tools developed by FAO, such as FAOSTAT Emissions Database and new guidelines on mitigation. The event will address the urgent need to conduct analyses, identify actions and implement activities for both mitigation and adaptation responses to climate change.  

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