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ITPGR Holds Regional Workshops for Benefit-Sharing Fund Project Applicants [viewed]

ITPGRDecember 2014: The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) organized a series of regional workshops for those preparing to submit full proposals to be funded under the third cycle of the Treaty's Benefit-Sharing Fund.

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FAO Highlights Lessons from 13 Countries Achieving MDG Hunger Target [viewed]

FAO1 December 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) recognized 13 countries for their outstanding progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) hunger target to halve the proportion of hungry people by 2015. A total of 63 developing countries have reached the MDG target, with six more expected to reach it by 2015.

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FAO and CPW Explore Wild Meat Markets and Consumption [viewed]

FAO1 December 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a second fact sheet from the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) focusing on wild meat. The fact sheet outlines the importance of wild meat for food and nutrition security while noting that many issues remain with regard to its harvesting, safe handling and marketing.

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FAO and Partners Build Capacity to Record Southern African Forest Statistics [viewed]

fao-sadc-itto27 November 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in collaboration with the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Southern African Development Community Secretariat (SADC) convened a workshop on forest statistics for southern Africa. The meeting aimed to build the capacity of national forestry agencies and statistical institutions to gather and use data on forest products so as to contribute to policy formulation and decision-making.

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Kenya Launches National Task Force on Anti-corruption for REDD+ [viewed]

unredd27 November 2014: As part of its REDD+ readiness process, the Government of Kenya and partners have launched a National Task Force on Anti-corruption for REDD+. The Task Force aims to identify how REDD+ can be more transparent and accountable and to support the implementation of social safeguards.

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Zimbabwe to Develop a National Forest Policy [viewed]

zimbabwe-Flag26 November 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has announced that the Government of Zimbabwe will launch a National Forest Policy Formulation Process to create the country's first documented National Forest Policy.

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Event: World Soil Day 2015 [viewed]

The FAO Conference, in June 2013, unanimously endorsed World Soil Day and requested official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly. In December 2013, the 68th UN General Assembly declared the 5th of December as World Soil Day. World Soil Day 2015 will focus on the theme 'Soils, a solid ground for life'.  

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Event: World Soil Day 2014 [viewed]

The FAO Conference, in June 2013, unanimously endorsed World Soil Day and requested official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly. In December 2013, the 68th UN General Assembly declared the 5th of December as World Soil Day. World Soil Day 2014 will focus on the theme 'Soils, foundation for family farming'.  

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Comprehensive Congo Basin Forest Assessment Released [viewed]

FAO-COMIFACNovember 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) welcomed the publication of the 2013 edition of the ‘State of the Forests of the Congo Basin,' which was prepared by the Observatoire des Forêts d'Afrique Centrale (OFAC). The report reveals that forests in Central Africa directly support the livelihoods of 60 million people and provide indirect sustenance benefits to an additional 40 million urban dwellers.

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FAO Reports on MICCA Pilot Projects [viewed]

fao-miccaNovember 2014: The Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture (MICCA) Programme of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report detailing the concepts behind the scientific activities and pilot projects it is undertaking, and the results of its research on climate-smart agriculture (CSA). The pilot projects, carried out in Tanzania and Kenya, focus on supporting livelihoods, increasing productivity and lowering emissions.

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