Agriculture & Food Security

Report Highlights Extinction Risk for Invertebrates [viewed]

31 August 2012: Invertebrates such as clam shells and butterflies soon may go extinct, according to "Spineless: Status and Trends of the World's Invertebrates," a report by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), launched on 31 August 2012. Their disappearance may threaten the survival of many other species, the report notes, highlighting invertebrates' benefits.

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World Bank Approves GEF Grant for Sustainable Production and Biodiversity in Mexico [viewed]

World Bank - GEF30 August 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$11.7 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to implement biodiversity-friendly best practices on at least 34,500 hectares of land, as well as to manage natural resources, and preserve and conserve land in Mexico. The project, which will run until 2017, seeks to reconcile rural production with ecosystem conservation, through improvements in the living conditions of rural farmers.

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SPC Holds Agroforestry Training in Tonga [viewed]

SPC27 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) held a two-day agro-forestry training for 30 Tonga and ni-Vanuatu agroforestry students in Eua, Tonga, from 23-24 August 2012.

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CIFOR Newsletter Highlights Achievements in Brazil, Indonesia, Mozambique and Uganda [viewed]

September 2012: The Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released the August edition of its News Update, inviting participation in its 20th anniversary celebrations, which will be held in 2013. The celebrations will describe CIFOR's journey from a small organization established in 1993, to its current state as a highly influential organization with over 200 partners.

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Wageningen University Organizes Seminar on Genetic Resources Conservation and Use [viewed]

28 August 2012: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has notified stakeholders of an upcoming course on "Contemporary approaches to genetic resources conservation and use" and the application deadlines.

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Film Highlights Biodiversity Loss, Economic and Health Consequences of Water Pollution [viewed]

UNESCO23 August 2012: A film released by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Republic of Korea's Ministry of Environment emphasizes the importance of clean water, noting that degradation of water quality threatens human lives by spreading waterborne diseases and causing radical declines in freshwater biodiversity, due to water pollution.

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World Water Week 2012 Opens with Focus on Water and Food Security [viewed]

26 August 2012: World Water Week 2012 is underway in Stockholm, Sweden, with a focus on the theme "Water and Food Security." The programme aims to engage participants on challenges posed by increased competition for water resources, driven in part by population growth and climate change, and its effects on agriculture and food security. World Water Week is organized annually by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

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CGIAR Calls for Input on Action Plan for Sustainable Agricultural Development [viewed]

26 August 2012: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has invited stakeholder comments on an Action Plan to augment its Strategy and Results Framework (SRF). The CGIAR institutions use the SRF as a roadmap for sustainable agricultural development, and the new Action Plan is expected to link the efforts of the CGIAR Research Programmes to system-wide outcomes.

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FAO Manual on Bats Helps Minimize Risks to Public Health [viewed]

FAO24 August 2012: Citing increasing concern about bats' potential for spreading disease to animals and humans, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a manual to help countries minimize the risks to public health. The guide aims to increase public understanding on the changes that affect bat populations and approaches to limiting the exchange of viruses between species.

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Andorra Joins Ramsar, Designates First Wetland of International Importance [viewed]

23 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Andorra has deposited its instrument of accession to the Ramsar Convention, which will enter into force for Andorra on 23 November 2012.

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