Agriculture & Food Security

Event: Workshop on Biodiversity and Resilience of Agroecosystems [viewed]

This workshop is the first of a series in preparation for the 2014 Resilience Conference, which will convene in Montpellier, France (http://www.resilience2014.org/). The workshop is organized by CIRAD (Agricultural Research for Development) and Bioversity International. It will focus on the role of biodiversity in the management of multiple agroecosystem services in development contexts, and the contribution of biodiversity to resilience. Key interdisciplinary themes of the workshop will consider: the critical contribution of scales, interactions and feedbacks; tradeoffs and synergies; and the role of spatio-temporal heterogeneity in determining the impact of biodiversity on regulatory processes. Key contributions from the social sciences, specifically perspectives relating to human well-being, and the role of institutions, including governance structures, markets, and public policy as they relate to supporting biodiversity's impact on resilience will also be explored. The objective of the workshop series is to bring together the French and international scientific communities for an in depth exploration of the multiple dimensions of resilience following the theme of the 2014 Resilience Conference: “Adaptation, Transformation and Development”.  

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Bioversity International Spatial Data on Cultivated Plants and Wild Relatives Available Online [viewed]

1 March 2013: Over the past 40 years, Bioversity International has gathered information on cultivated plants and wild relatives from around the world, resulting in over 200,000 samples, which are now available online in the Collecting Missions Database.

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Bioversity International and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Agreement Supports Banana Research [viewed]

1 March 2013: As part of global efforts to support the conservation of bananas and plantains, Bioversity International and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven have come to an agreement to store Bioversity's collection of banana and plantain germplasm at the university in Leuven, Belgium.

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FAO and CGIAR Partnership to Increase Collaboration on Research and Innovation [viewed]

FAO28 February 2013: A new five year Memorandum of Understanding between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has been signed to help the FAO provide the CGIAR with advice on agricultural research priorities.

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FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Flag State Performance Adopted [viewed]

FAO28 February 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has reported that countries have adopted the Voluntary Guidelines for Flag State Performance, thereby contributing to efforts to address illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU). The guidelines were adopted following five years of consensus-building among FAO member countries.

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FAO Releases Booklet on Tuna Fisheries [viewed]

FAO26 February 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a booklet, titled "Tuna: a global perspective," which provides an overview of the economic and social value of tuna and tuna-like species, the management challenges facing these species and the role of FAO in this regard.

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Bioversity International Appoints New Director General [viewed]

21 February 2013:  Bioversity International has announced the appointment of Ann Tutwiler as the incoming Director General.

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FAO Report Considers the Sustainability of Biofuel Crops [viewed]

FAOFebruary 2013: A new report of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO), titled "Biofuels and the Sustainability Challenge," addresses the issue of biofuel sustainability based on a global assessment of major commodities and feedstocks. The report is guided by the need to understand the economic, environmental and social sustainability dimensions of biofuels, and how these elements can be used to address the challenges of land-use change, food security and climate change.

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IISD Publishes Reports on Adaptation Strategies in Kenya, Niger and Uganda [viewed]

January 2013: The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has published three reports on climate risk management (CRM) in Kenya, Niger and Uganda, as part of the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Climate Risk Management (CRM) Technical Assistance Support Project (TASP). The reports illustrate how different communities in high-risk countries may have to adapt to a changing climate across a range of sectors.

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ITPGR Secretariat Calls for Submissions on the MLS [viewed]

20 February 2013: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has issued a notification drawing parties' attention to a list of decisions of the ITPGR Governing Body at its fourth session, held in March 2011 in Bali, Indonesia, concerning the operation of the Treaty's Multilateral System (MLS) of access and benefit-sharing (ABS), and has requested the submission of information to that regard.

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