Agriculture & Food Security

WorldFish Highlights CGIAR Work on Climate, Agriculture and Food Security [viewed]

WorldFishMay 2014: WorldFish has released a factsheet on the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). The factsheet describes the challenges climate change poses to agriculture and food security and how the CCAFS Program works to address interactions, synergies and trade-offs among climate change, agriculture and food security through four themes.

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IISD Releases UNEP-Commissioned Report on SCP Targets and Indicators [viewed]

iisd_logo2 May 2014: The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has published a discussion paper for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) that reviews the recommendations of other researchers regarding targets and indicators on sustainable consumption and production (SCP), and outlines potential targets and indicators for SCP in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Italy Strengthens Partnership with Bioversity International [viewed]

bioversity-italy20 May 2014: Marking the occasion of the International Day of Biological Diversity (22 May), the Government of Italy has announced the provision of €1.2 million in additional funding for long-term research on global food security, in a move that strengthens its partnership with Bioversity International.

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ILC Calls for Submissions for 2015 Award [viewed]

ILCMay 2014: The International Land Coalition (ILC) has announced a call for submissions for the 2015 ILC Award for outstanding work towards people-centered land governance and secure land rights for men and women living in poverty. All ILC members are welcome to forward submissions to the ILC Secretariat based on their most emblematic success story or stories over the last decade.

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ICARDA Implements Decentralized Research for Development Strategy [viewed]

ICARDA-LogoMay 2014: The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) has implemented a decentralized research for development strategy that builds on ICARDA's partnerships with national agricultural systems in dry areas.

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FAO State of the World Fisheries and Aquaculture Highlights Growing Fish Production and Consumption [viewed]

FAO19 May 2014: Fisheries and aquaculture are playing an increasing role in feeding the world and provide livelihoods for over 10% of the global population, according to the ‘State of the World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2014.' However, the report, produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), cautions that illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing continues to threaten marine ecosystems as well as local economies, food supplies and livelihoods.

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GEF Announces Program to Enhance Food Security and Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa [viewed]

GEF15 May 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has launched a US$120 million program meant to enhance food security in sub-Saharan Africa through scaling-up practices for improved crop and livestock productivity, and increased production system resilience.

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Event: Online Discussion Forum on the Implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this forum offers Protocol Parties, other governments and relevant organizations the opportunity to share views, experiences, and relevant information on implementing the Protocol. The forum will focus on the integration of Protocol implementation into national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and national development policies, plans and programmes as well as resource mobilization for advancing implementation in line with the Protocol's Strategic Plan 2011-2020.  

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Event: E-Consultation on Combating Soil Salinization in Eurasia [viewed]

This e-consultation will discuss how to promote sustainable soil management in the Eurasian region, including the Russian Federation, Central Asia and the Caucasus. The e-consultation also aims to identify research gaps and strategies to increase awareness on soil salinization and to attract investments for soil improvement and reclamation. The consultation will address questions on five topics, including: approaches and methods for improving soil management to reduce soil salinization; ways to increase public awareness and knowledge on soil management and soil salinization, including the awareness of agricultural extension workers; gaps in scientific knowledge related to the management of saline lands; mechanisms for monitoring soil salinity, including the potential need for a database on soil salinity; and harmonization of methods for quantifying soil salinity. The discussion is expected to inform the Eurasian Center for Food Security's (ECFS) current and future progammes and the Eurasian Soil Partnership's activities.  

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IFPRI Conference Highlights Role of Resilience in Ensuring Food and Nutrition Security [viewed]

IFPRI Logo18 May 2014: At the ‘Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security' conference organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), its 2020 Vision Initiative and partners, participants called for the inclusion of a goal to eliminate hunger by 2025 in the post-2015 development agenda. 

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