Agriculture & Food Security

ICRAF Promotes Gender Considerations in Agroforestry [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)17 July 2014: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) released a guide on integrating gender into natural and social science research on agroforestry. In particular, the guide presents advice on the collection and use of gender-disaggregated data and on the application of gender analysis.

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European Commission Quantifies Cost of Climate Impacts [viewed]

European Union 25 June 2014: Climate change-related damage could cost the EU €190 billion or more unless further climate action is taken, according to a study by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC). The study seeks to quantify the biophysical impacts of climate change on household welfare and economic activity by examining climate impacts on ten sectors in five EU regions through a broad set of climate model simulations.

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Indigenous Mountain Communities Discuss Climate Change, Food Security [viewed]

Mountain Partnership14 July 2014: Indigenous mountain communities from nine countries formed an International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples at a workshop in Bhutan. The workshop, which discussed how to respond to climate change impacts on their food and farming systems, resulted in the Bhutan Declaration on Climate Change and Mountain Indigenous Peoples.

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UNEP and Partners Build Capacity on Food Security in India and Uganda [viewed]

UNEP15 July 2014: Studies by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners analyzing the relationship between ecosystem inputs, and agricultural yields and farm incomes in India and Uganda have found significant potential for improving food security through shifts in cropping patterns and use of water and energy saving technologies. The findings aim to strengthen the two countries' capacities to address their increasing food security deficits and decline in ecosystem services.

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ISU, EDF and 50in10 Report Focuses on Financing Sustainable Fisheries [viewed]

Towards Investment in Sustainable Fisheries10 July 2014: The transition to more sustainable fisheries management systems can yield financial returns and deliver ecological, economic and social benefits if fisheries are structured as “investable propositions,” according to a report by the Prince of Wales' International Sustainability Unit (ISU), the US Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and 50in10. The organizations launched the report, titled ‘Towards Investment in Sustainable Fisheries: A Framework for Financing the Transition' at a conference on ‘Financing the transition towards a sustainable blue economy.'

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Event: International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is organizing this symposium to highlight existing practices in agroecology and exchange information on the latest research and science in the field. The symposium is expected to result in an action plan for a follow-up process for Africa and Asia; contributions to an international framework for research on agroecology, including relevant economic, social, environmental and climatic aspects; and informational material such as video interviews and agroecological practices for online sharing. The two-day preliminary agenda will include inter alia: a keynote on the landscape of agroecology; plenaries covering ecosystem services, social processes and virtuous cycles in agroecology; and a high-level segment. The symposium supports Strategic Objective 2 (“Increase and improve provision of Goods and Services from Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries in a sustainable manner”) of the FAO Strategic Framework.  

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OECD Launches Data Portal [viewed]

OECD_NEW3 July 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has made available, in beta, a data portal that provides access to OECD statistical data, including charts, maps, tables and publications.

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ESCAP Workshop Supports Drought Monitoring in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

UNESCAP1 July 2014: A workshop on drought monitoring and early warning organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Sri Lankan Ministry of Technology and Research focused on strategies and sharing of good practices to reduce the negative impacts of agricultural drought. Recommendations from the workshop will support strengthening of the ESCAP Regional Drought Mechanism as well as national disaster management plans in the Asia-Pacific region.

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ITPGR Secretariat Circulates Capacity-Building Material on Farmers' Rights in Spanish [viewed]

ITPGRJuly 2014: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has circulated a new set of capacity-building materials on farmers' rights, designed to support small-holder farmer leaders and decision-makers. The six booklets are published in Spanish.

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FAO, UNECA Sign MoU on Land Governance in Africa [viewed]

fao-uneca27 June 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on collaboration in land policies and governance of tenure. The MoU aims to enhance equitable access to and security of tenure of land, fisheries and forests in African countries.

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