Agriculture & Food Security

The Marshall Islands Ratify ITPGR [viewed]

ITPGRSeptember 2014: The Marshall Islands has ratified the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) and will become a Party on 13 October 2014, bringing the number of Parties to the ITPGR to 132.

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Event: 16th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans [viewed]

The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Regional Seas Programme uses a "shared seas" approach to maintain the biodiversity of oceans and marine ecosystems and to help restore ocean and marine ecosystem health, productivity and resilience. The meeting is expected to discuss: implementation of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans, including their role in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda; the Global Partnership on Marine Litter; regional actions on marine litter; the green economy in a blue world; and development of a roadmap on priorities for the next ten plus years. The meeting takes place during the 40th Anniversary of the Regional Seas Conventions and Actions Plans.  

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Coffee Gene Sequencing Project Supports Climate Adaptation [viewed]

idb-fontagro11 September 2014: The complete sequence of the coffee genome has been released into the public domain in an attempt to accelerate plant variety selection in the face of climate change and to meet growers' specific needs. The genetic information of the Coffea arabica and Coffea eugenioides species, containing the location and characterization of more than 30,000 genes, was presented during the Conference of the Association for Science and Information on Coffee (ASIC), held 8-13 September in Armenia, Colombia.

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Event: ITPGR High-Level Expert Workshop on Food Crops for Agriculture in Changing Climate: An Expert Communiqué [viewed]

To be held on the sidelines of the UN Climate Summit, this Expert Workshop will address the role of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) in addressing the challenges of producing more nutritious food on less land under the influence of climate change. The workshop will cover activities and initiatives under the Treaty in three segments: conservation and management of crop diversity; the Treaty systems for downstream use of crop diversity; and breeding and making available climate-smart varieties to farmers.  

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WECAFC Report Outlines Recommendations and Resolutions on Fisheries Management [viewed]

fao-wecafcSeptember 2014: The Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC) has released the report of its 15th Session. The report highlights the adoption of four regional fisheries management recommendations and five resolutions, including on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and the implementation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Voluntary Guidelines on Small-scale fisheries and Tenure.

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CGRFA Invites Input on Upcoming 15th Session's Themes [viewed]

CGRFAAugust 2014: The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has invited relevant international organizations to provide focused information on their programmes, activities and policies relevant to the prioritized themes of the Commission's 15th Regular Session, to be held from 19-23 January 2015, in Rome, Italy.

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SIDS Conference Concludes with 297 Partnerships, Adoption of Outcome Document [viewed]

Samoa Partnerships Commitment4 September 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) took place from 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa, on the theme of ‘The Sustainable Development of SIDS Through Genuine and Durable Partnerships.' The Conference produced an outcome document, titled ‘SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway,' which was negotiated during the preparatory process at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and adopted during the closing plenary.

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Island Leaders Commit to New Partnerships through GLISPA [viewed]

GLIPSA3 September 2014: The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) hosted a high-level event to celebrate partnerships and collaborations between small islands during the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), in Apia, Samoa. 'Leaders Inspiring Action: A celebration of commitments to build resilient and sustainable island communities through innovative partnerships' featured speeches from several Heads of State and Governments, ministers, and high-level representatives of nations involved in GLISPA, highlighting island leadership across the globe.

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FAO, Equatorial Guinea Cooperate on Fisheries, Food Security [viewed]

fao-guinea-ecuat1 September 2014: Equatorial Guinea's Ministry of Fisheries and Environment and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have launched a US$4 million project that aims to contribute to local food security, ensure quality fish products for domestic and international markets, generate jobs and reduce dependence on fish imports.

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Biodiversity, Forests and Oceans Showcased at SIDS International Conference [viewed]

sids4sep4 September 2014: Oceans, fisheries, the blue economy and forests featured in a number of events held and publications launched on the occasion of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

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