Agriculture & Food Security

IPPC Governing Body Agrees to Develop Electronic Phytosanitary Certification System [viewed]

IPPC20 March 2015: The annual meeting of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM), the governing body of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), has agreed to develop a global system of electronic phytosanitary certificates, known as e-Phyto.

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Event: 2nd Africa Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Conference 2015 (EBAFOSC 2) [viewed]

Taking place under the theme, 'Re-imagining Africa's Food Security Now and into the Future under a Changing Climate,' this conference will convene a number of round-tables, discussions and plenary sessions to discuss how ecosystem based adaptation (EBA) can be used to improve food security across the continent. Sessions will address: building scalable and inclusive business models for EBA-driven agriculture; innovative financing models for EBA-driven agriculture; the role of youth, women, and information technology in EBA-driven agriculture; the roles of education, the private sector and South-South cooperation in advancing EBA; innovations to reduce post-harvest food loss; and climate change and resilience through EBA as well as policy frameworks and implementation.  

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March 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

march_climate_finance_201531 March 2015: During the month of March 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the UN Development Programme (UNDP)/World Bank Climate Finance Options (CFO) platform and the World Bank reported on climate finance projects, mechanisms and developments. ADB, EIB, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI) and the World Bank released publications and organized events.

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ITPGR Benefit-Sharing Fund Supports Community Seed Network in Guatemala [viewed]

ITPGRMarch 2015: With support from the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), a project implemented by the Universidad del Valle in Guatemala and focusing on the documentation and conservation of genetic diversity of maize and beans has strengthened the local association of farmers and established a local seed network. The project started with the establishment of a local network to assess storage practices, the availability of seed and sowing practices, as well as the information on and perception of the negative impacts of climate change.

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Arab Region Launches UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All [viewed]

arab_region_launches_un_decade_se4all24 March 2015: The UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) was launched in the Arab region on 23 March 2015, in Amman, Jordan, during a week of events organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA).

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Event: Twelfth Meeting of the Compliance Committee of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this meeting will review the status of compliance of Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, address cases of non-compliance and provide advice and assistance to improve compliance.  

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World Bank Land and Poverty Conference Addresses Land Tenure for Shared Prosperity [viewed]

World20bank20logoa27 March 2015: The 16th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty met under the theme ‘Linking Land Tenure and Use for Shared Prosperity.' It highlighted that while land tenure affects asset distribution between men and women, generations and social groups, land-use patterns will have significant implications for socioeconomic outcomes at the household, community and/or landscape levels.

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Rome High-Level Event Underscores Links between Land Restoration and Global Security [viewed]

UNCCD GLOBAL MECHANISM (GM)March 2015: A high-level event organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFA) has emphasized the role of land restoration in reducing global threats and securing the livelihoods of communities affected by land degradation. Speaking at the event, UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Executive Secretary Monique Barbut stressed that populations in affected areas “are simply running out of coping mechanisms locally,” and that under such circumstances “migration is one way out… extremism and conflict is another.”

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UNCCD CRIC 13 Addresses Sustainable Land Management Linkages in Post-2015, Climate Agendas [viewed]

cric_1327 March 2015: Delegates to the 13th session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 13) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) made a critical assessment of the status of the Convention and exchanged views on how to ensure its continued relevance and effectiveness. Pointing to the continuing “implementation gap” despite the high number of submitted country reports, several delegates questioned whether “we are collecting the right information to spur further action,” and suggested that a focus on synergies with the other Rio Conventions and adopting a global target on land degradation neutrality (LDN) could enhance the Convention's impact.

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ITPGR Committee on Sustainable Use Recommends Toolbox to Expand Crop Genetic Base [viewed]

ITPGR24 March 2015: Meeting from 2-3 March 2015, in Rome, Italy, the Ad Hoc Technical Committee on Sustainable Use of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) made recommendations for the development of a toolbox to support implementation of the Treaty's programme of work on sustainable use, including an initial focus on uses of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA) that may expand the genetic base of crops.

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