Agriculture & Food Security

CBD Launches Online Forum on Public Participation Concerning LMOs [viewed]

CBD25 March 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has launched the web-portal for the upcoming Online Forum on Public Participation Concerning Living Modified Organisms (LMOs) under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, and is inviting parties to nominate participants and exchange case studies, best practices and lessons learned.

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Case Study Reviews Forest and Farm Facility Experiences in Nicaragua [viewed]

iucn-fao-iied24 March 2014: In a case study titled 'Multi-stakeholder Governance Strengthens Sustainable Livelihoods in Bosawas, Nicaragua,' the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and other partners review stakeholder coordination for forest management in the Bosawas Biosphere Reserve in Nicaragua.

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USAID Study Analyzes Climate Impacts in Mekong River Basin [viewed]

usaid20 March 2014: The values at risk in key livelihood sectors from predicted climate change impacts are estimated to be at least US$16 billion per year, according to the findings of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) 'Mekong ARCC Climate Change Impact and Adaptation Study.' The study, which was inspired by an International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) study, considers climate impacts on agriculture, fisheries, livestock, and rural infrastructure and health.

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CGIAR Combats Wheat Rust Re-emergence Due to Climate Change [viewed]

CGIAR13 March 2014: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is leading several international initiatives to combat an increase in frequency and severity of outbreaks of wheat rust triggered by climate change.

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SIDS PrepCom Releases Info Note, Sets Six Areas for Partnerships [viewed]

SIDS Conference logo21 March 2014: The information note for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) has been released, which provides information on: conference venue; programme; and participation and registration.

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CGIAR Publishes Gender Strategy [viewed]

IWMI logo7 February 2014: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE), led by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), has released its Gender Strategy, which hypothesizes that women are the best custodians and natural resource stewards. 

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World Water Development Report 2014 Highlights Water and Energy Challenges [viewed]

WWAP21 March 2013: The World Water Development Report (WWDR) 2014 ‘Water and Energy,' produced by the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), which is hosted by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), highlights that those people lacking access to improved sanitation and drinking water are often the same as those not connected to an electric power grid, and examines the close interconnections between water and energy.

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International Day of Forests Commemorated Worldwide [viewed]

International Day of Forests21 March 2014: In celebration of the second International Day of Forests, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted the important benefits of forests: habitat provision for 80 percent of all terrestrial biodiversity; support of an estimated 1.6 billion people; adaptation and mitigation to climate change; and the maintenance of a timber and wood industry that accounts for almost 1 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP).

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Bioversity International Case Study Explores Community-Based Biodiversity Management in Nepal [viewed]

Bioversity International13 March 2014: Bioversity International has published a case study on community-based biodiversity management (CBM) for watershed restoration in the Kaski District of Nepal. The study reports lessons from Bioversity International's work with Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LI-BIRD), alongside other national and international research organizations, to organize local groups in the region to develop and advance CBM activities, including participatory plant breeding, training workshops and community seedbanks.

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ITPGR Launches Third Call for Proposals Under Benefit-sharing Fund [viewed]

ITPGR7 March 2014: The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has launched its third call for project proposals under its Benefit-sharing Fund. The focus of the call is to provide financial resources for targeted projects that support farmers' activities for climate change adaptation, as well as the co-development and transfer of technologies.

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