Agriculture & Food Security

Event: Special Session of the Southwest Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission (SWIOFC) [viewed]

This Special Session of the Southwest Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission (SWIOFC) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Current membership includes: Comoros, France, Kenya, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Yemen. More information on the SWIOFC: http://www.fao.org/fishery/rfb/swiofc/en  

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Romania Designates Seven Ramsar Sites [viewed]

Romania11 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) reported that the Government of Romania has designated seven new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing the total number of sites for this country to 19.

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FAO Publishes Assessment of Elasmobranchs in the Mediterranean and Black Sea [viewed]

FAO11 February 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released an assessment providing information on taxonomy, distribution, status, statistics, fisheries, bycatch, biologic and ecologic parameters on age and growth, food and feeding habits, reproductive biology and stock assessment of elasmobranchs in the Mediterranean and Black Sea.

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Report on the First Project Portfolio of the ITPGR Benefit-sharing Fund Available Online [viewed]

February 2013: The report on the first round of the project cycle of the Benefit-sharing Fund, published by the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), has been made available online. It contains financial and technical information related to the overall operation of the first project portfolio of the Benefit-sharing Fund, provides an overview of its results and presents a number of lessons learned and recommendations drawn from the execution of the first round of the project cycle.

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ITPGR Secretariat Invites Submissions on Sustainable Use [viewed]

25 January 2013: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has issued a notification inviting submissions from parties, other governments and relevant institutions and organizations on how to improve the sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA), including on sectoral policies and best practices for sustainable agriculture.

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Event: Workshop on Custodian Farmers of Agricultural Biodiversity [viewed]

This workshop, titled "Custodian Farmers of Agricultural Biodiversity: Policy support for their roles in use and conservation," will bring together 22 tropical fruit tree farmers from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal and Thailand, to share common experiences and challenges related to conserving and using biodiversity on the farm. Participating researchers will present related case studies. The workshop is being hosted by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Bioversity International, in collaboration with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR) and Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Authority (PPVFRA).  

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Event: World Food Day: Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition [viewed]

“Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition” will be the focus of World Food Day in 2013. The official World Food Day theme – announced at the start of every year by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) – gives focus to World Food Day observances and helps increase understanding of problems and solutions in the drive to end hunger.  

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CGIAR Launches Global Research Programs on Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals [viewed]

7 February 2013: In an effort to boost food and nutrition security of the poor, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has launched two ten-year research programmes with combined three-year budgets of US $225 million to improve food security in the drylands. 

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FAO Convenes Expert Consultations on Aquatic Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

FAO1 February 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) held two back-to-back consultations with experts on: the finalization of guidelines for preparation of country reports for the first report on the State of the World's Aquatic Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (SoWAqGR); and the establishment of terms of reference (TOR) for a Committee on Fisheries (COFI) Advisory Working Group on Genetic Resources.

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Asian Fisheries Livelihoods Programme Launches Country Surveys Series [viewed]

FAO1 February 2013: The Regional Fisheries Livelihoods Programme (RFLP) in South and Southeast Asia, funded by Spain and implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), has launched a series of country surveys that provide data concerning small-scale fishing communities.

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