Agriculture & Food Security

European Program for Plant Genetic Resources Releases Steering Committee Report [viewed]

January 2013: The European Cooperative Programme for Plant Genetic Resources (ECPGR) has released the Steering Committee Report from its 13th Meeting, during which participants discussed the transition of the ECPGR program to its next phase (2014-2018)

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Event: 36th Session of IFAD's Governing Council [viewed]

The 36th Session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will focus on the theme "The power of partnerships in advancing smallholder agriculture in developing countries". Partnerships serve smallholder farmers in many ways from expanding their operations cost-effectively to providing access to knowledge, research and technology.  

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Event: FAO E-mail Conference 19 on Genomics in Food and Agriculture [viewed]

Organized by the Biotechnology Forum of the UN Food and Agriculture (FAO), this e-mail conference will focus on current and future impacts of genomics for the crop, forestry, livestock, fishery and agro-industry sectors in developing countries. The conference is open to everyone, is free and will be moderated.  

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Tunisia Designates Two Important Bird Areas as Ramsar Sites [viewed]

29 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Tunisia recently designated two Important Bird Areas (IBAs) as new Wetlands of International Importance. 

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FAO Releases Guidebook on Commercially Important Sea Cucumbers [viewed]

FAO28 January 2013: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Fisheries and Aquaculture Department has released a field guidebook, titled "Commercially Important Sea Cucumbers of the World," which is part of the FAO Species Catalogue for Fishery Purposes collection. 

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Event: 24th Session of the Coordinating Working Party on Fishery Statistics [viewed]

This session of the Coordinating Working Party on Fishery Statistics of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Fisheries and Aquaculture Department will include the meetings of the Aquaculture Group and the Capture Fishery Group.  

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Event: Semantics for Biodiversity – International Workshop [viewed]

This workshop, co-organized by Bioversity International, Institut de Recherche pour le Development (IRD), Centre de Recherche Agronomique pour le development (CIRAD), Institut de Biologie Computationelle (IBC) and Universite de Montpellier II, will define key challenges identified by the bioinformatics community, discuss solutions and identify opportunities emerging from interactions across plant science and informatics disciplines. A key focus of the workshop will be the use of semantic technologies to design and develop systems that support research on agricultural and wild biodiversity conservation and management for food security, including strategies for resilience to climate change pressure, ecosystem monitoring and territory mapping. The invitation to send pre-submissions for papers and abstracts is open until 24 February.  

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Portugal Names New Ramsar Site in the Azores Archipelago [viewed]

29 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) reported that the Government of Portugal has named the Paúl da Praia da Vitória in the Azores Archipelago as its 31st Wetland of International Importance.

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SPC Holds Cost-Benefit Analysis Workshop [viewed]

SPC29 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) held a workshop at the Kiribati Institute of Technology to train government officers to use cost-benefit analysis (CBA) as a framework to improve decision making and project quality, in particular for projects affected by climate change.

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Working Group on Forest Genetic Resources Prepares Recommendations [viewed]

FAO25 January 2013: The Second Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Forest Genetic Resources brought together 53 member and observer countries at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The Working Group considered the preparation and key findings of the publication The State of the World's Forest Genetic Resources, as well as priority areas for action and follow up.

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