Agriculture & Food Security

FAO's Fishery Resources Monitoring System to Cover Socioeconomic Issues [viewed]

13 February 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has reported that the Steering Committee of the Fisheries and Resources Monitoring System (FIRMS), which aims to provide access to a wide range of high-quality information on the global monitoring and management of fishery marine resources in support of decision making, has decided to widen FIRMS' scope to include socioeconomic issues.

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Event: Caribbean Subregional Workshop on Capacity-building for the Effective Implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop will provide an update on recent developments under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, including the Strategic Plan, the capacity-building framework and action plan and other decisions relating to capacity-building. The workshop also aims to promote understanding of the Nagoya–Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress and explore opportunities and challenges regarding its ratification.  

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Maldives to Become UNESCO Biosphere Reserve by 2017 [viewed]

18 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has reported that, in response to the Hyderabad Call for Biodiversity Champions in support of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, the Government of the Maldives has pledged that the entire country and its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) will become a UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Biosphere Reserve by 2017.

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CBD Calls on Biosafety Protocol Parties to Nominate Laboratories, Online Discussion Groups on LMO Identification [viewed]

CBD14 February, 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued a reminder for the nomination of laboratories used for the detection and identification of living modified organisms (LMOs) for the creation of an electronic network of laboratories.

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Bioversity International Identifies Good Practices for Management of On-farm Agricultural Biodiversity [viewed]

February 2013: In a revised edition of "On-farm Management of Agricultural Biodiversity in Nepal: Good Practices," Bioversity International presents a series of tools and lessons learned on identifying agricultural biodiversity and empowering farmers and communities to manage this resource.

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CBD Secretariat Outlines Inter-sessional Activities on Socio-economic Considerations Regarding LMOs [viewed]

CBD31 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published an outline of inter-sessional activities on socio-economic considerations arising from the impact of living modified organisms (LMOs) on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

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Bioversity International Releases Brief on Livelihoods and Conservation of Underutilized Species in Yemen [viewed]

18 February 2013: A new brief from Bioversity International, titled "Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Improve Livelihoods in Yemen," examines the livelihood impacts of a set of interventions related to the conservation and use of neglected and underutilized species.

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Kenya, Tanzania Establish Joint Cooperative Framework for Chala and Jipe Lakes, Umba River [viewed]

Kenya - Tanzania flags14 February 2013: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the Governments of Kenya and Tanzania will establish a Joint Cooperative Framework for transboundary management of the Chala and Jipe Lakes and the Umba River ecosystems.

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CIMMYT Opens Bioscience Facility [viewed]

13 February 2013: The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) has inaugurated a new $25 million research complex that will help researchers speed up climate-resilient seed development for maize and wheat.

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Global Consultation on Agrobiodiversity Addresses South-South Cooperation [viewed]

13 February 2013: A three day Global Consultation, titled "Use and Management of Agrobiodiversity for Sustainable Food Security," provided an opportunity for developing world stakeholders and international organizations to review the role of conservation in the use of agro-biodiversity for sustainable agricultural development.

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