Agriculture & Food Security

Agroforestry in the DRC May Enhance Protected Areas [viewed]

cifor-icrafEU-SE4ALL28 November 2014: Recognizing that actions outside protected areas can impact conservation efforts within them, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the EU are partnering with the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to support research on forests surrounding Virunga National Park.

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World Bank Report: 'New Climate Normal' Severe Risk to Development [viewed]

World Bank23 November 2014: Warming nearing 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels “is already locked into the Earth's atmospheric system by past and predicted greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,” according to the third installment in the World Bank's ‘Turn Down the Heat' series. ‘Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal' examines the risks increased climate change poses to development across Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the Middle East and North Africa.

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Bioversity International, Embrapa Sign MoU to Advance Agricultural Biodiversity [viewed]

embrapa-bioversity24 November 2014: Bioversity International and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen cooperation on the role of agricultural biodiversity in developing sustainable food systems.

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Event: World Soil Day 2015 [viewed]

The FAO Conference, in June 2013, unanimously endorsed World Soil Day and requested official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly. In December 2013, the 68th UN General Assembly declared the 5th of December as World Soil Day. World Soil Day 2015 will focus on the theme 'Soils, a solid ground for life'.  

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Event: World Soil Day 2014 [viewed]

The FAO Conference, in June 2013, unanimously endorsed World Soil Day and requested official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly. In December 2013, the 68th UN General Assembly declared the 5th of December as World Soil Day. World Soil Day 2014 will focus on the theme 'Soils, foundation for family farming'.  

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Queen Conch Working Group Agrees to Regional Conservation Measures [viewed]

CITES20 November 2014: Experts from the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) fisheries organizations and national Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) authorities from 23 countries met to develop a new set of regional, harmonized measures for the management and conservation of the queen conch.

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Natural Capital Declaration, Natural Capital Coalition Workshops Review Flagship Projects [viewed]

NCC - NCDNovember 2014: The Natural Capital Declaration (NCD) and Natural Capital Coalition (NCC) have convened two workshops to discuss developments in the application of natural capital accounting concepts in decision-making. Key outcomes at the workshops, attended by members of the business and finance communities, included pilot projects on mapping capital risks, and guidelines for valuing natural capital in business decisions.

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FAO NWFP Update Focuses on Foraging [viewed]

FAONovember 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) issued a Non-Wood Forest Products (NWFP) 'Update' focusing on the foraging of plants both within and outside of forests.

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FAO-CIC Panel at WPC Discusses Hunting and Fishing in PAs [viewed]

FAO - CIC17 November 2014: Participants discussed the contribution of hunting and fishing in supporting community-based development and in the planning and management of protected areas (PAs) at a panel session organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC). The session took place at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC).

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Biosafety COP/MOP 7 Report Released [viewed]

CBD17 November 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the final report of the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties serving as meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP 7).

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