Agriculture & Food Security

UN Celebrates 2014 World Food Day, FAO Releases State of Food and Agriculture Report [viewed]

FAO16 October 2014: International World Food Day 2014, celebrated on 16 October, focused on 'Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth.' The day, syncing with the 2014 International Year of Family Farming, featured statements, events, and reports from the UN system on the important role of family farmers.

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CFS Endorses Principles for Investing in Agriculture and Food Systems [viewed]

FAO13 October 2014: Governments and stakeholders approved the 'Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems' at the 41st session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 41). The Committee, which also endorsed policy recommendations on food loss and waste, and sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, met on 13 October 2014, in Rome, Italy.

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GEF Reports on Support for ABS Capacity Building [viewed]

GEFOctober 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released a review of its support for capacity building and implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) provisions on access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from their utilization (ABS), as well as for the ratification and implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS.

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EU Presents B4Life Flagship Initiative [viewed]

bioversity.for.life16 October 2014: In a side event on the theme, 'Does biodiversity matter for development?' held at the margins of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP12), the EU discussed the launch of the 'Development Cooperation B4Life Flagship Initiative.'

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CIFOR Explores Potential Benefits of Oil Palm Production [viewed]

CIFOROctober 2014: On the occasion of World Food Day, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) published a book exploring how the production of oil palm can, if managed correctly, contribute to a rapid decline in rural poverty without causing widespread deforestation.

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FAO Journal Explores Agroforestry and Urban Food Security Links in Africa [viewed]

FAOOctober 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released Volume 28, Issue 2 of its 'Nature & Faune Journal,' which focuses on 'Sustainable Natural Resources Management in Africa's Urban Food and Nutrition Equation.'

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ITPGR High-Level Round Table Discusses Climate-Adapted Crops for Food Security [viewed]

ITPGRSeptember 2014: The fourth High-Level Ministerial Round Table on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) convened under the topic 'The International Treaty, Climate Change and Food Security.' High-level representatives discussed the importance of climate-adapted crops in helping farmers face challenges confronting the global food system.

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UNEP-WCMC Study Predicts Climate Change will Drive Fish Towards the Poles [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc14 October 2014: A study on the impact of climate change on fish stocks by scientists from the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has identified ocean hotspots for fish extinction and a link between rising temperatures and fish movement. Using the climate change scenarios of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the study finds that fish could move away from their present-day habitats at rates of 16-26 km per decade.

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September 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

wb.adb.ebd.afdb.gefSeptember 2014: During the month of September, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) issued loans and highlighted work to address water-related issues including: conserving aquatic biodiversity; improving climate resilience; expanding water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services; implementing integrated water resources management (IWRM); and reducing disaster risk from flood and drought.

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WWF Living Planet Report Highlights Biodiversity Loss [viewed]

WWF30 September 2014: According the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), over half of the world's wildlife populations have been lost over the past four decades. The organization's ‘Living Planet Report 2014' also finds that humanity's current demand for resources is more than 50% larger than nature's regenerative capacity. Published in partnership with the Global Footprint Network, the Water Footprint Network, and the Zoological Society of London, the report provides a science-based analysis on the impacts of human activities on the health of the planet.

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