Capacity Building & Education

ICRAF Hosts Launch of African Plant Breeding Academy [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)10 December 2013: At an event hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the African Plant Breeding Academy was launched by the African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC). The Academy will aim to boost research on neglected crop species across the continent.

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Event: Training Workshop on the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) [viewed]

This workshop is being convened by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) as part of the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) project, funded under the SAICM Quick Start Programme (QSP).  

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UNCCD GM Launches Support for Local Sustainable Development in Africa [viewed]

UNCCD GLOBAL MECHANISM (GM)18 December 2013: The Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has launched the Local Environmental Coalition for a Green Union (FLEUVE), an initiative to enhance support for community-level sustainable development in ten African countries. The EU is funding the initiative.

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UNIDO, DNV GL to Develop Water Footprint Measurement, Promote Water Management [viewed]

UNIDO18 December 2013: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and DNV GL - Business Assurance have entered into a partnership to develop and implement joint projects in the field of water footprint measurement, as well as to promote water management best practices, with a particular emphasis on Africa.

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New Plant Breeding Academy to Improve Food Security in Africa [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)10 December 2013: To improve Africa's resilience to climate change, pests and disease, the African Plant Breeding Academy (APBA) has announced that it will train scientists and technicians to breed plants and trees that have previously received little scientific research attention because of their low market value. The APBA was established to boost the profile and production of "orphan crops," which are neglected but nutritious crops.

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UN-HABITAT, UNDP, FAO Pilot Land Management for Conflict Resolution in the Congo [viewed]

fao-undp-unhabitat11 December 2013: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) have jointly initiated a pilot program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to test integrated land tenure as a means to advance peace and social cohesion in the country.

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UNIDO and FAO to Develop Regional Forestry Education Program in Southern Africa [viewed]

fao-unido30 November 2013: Officials from the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have gathered with representatives from forestry education and training institutions from Malawi, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe for a three-day project development meeting to discuss challenges facing the forestry and wood industries. Discussions at the meeting, held in Georgia, South Africa, from 27-29 November 2013, covered forest depletion, climate change, wasteful logging and wood-processing practices and other issues, with a focus on the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

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Event: Forging Innovative Partnerships for the Implementation of the GGWSSI Initiative [viewed]

The Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), under the auspices of the African Union Commission (AUC), are organizing this international forum to promote a common vision and participation of partners in the implementation of the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative (GWSSI). Invited participants include representatives of the Great Green Wall Initiative and partner countries involved in Africa, global and regional development banks, as well as other financial institutions active in Africa, United Nations organizations, civil society organizations, and the private sector.  

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FAO Holds African Workshop on GHG Monitoring [viewed]

FAO13 December 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) held a workshop that brought together high-level staff of 21 African Ministries of Agriculture or Agricultural National Statistical Agencies and Bureaus responsible for national greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting under international climate policy processes, to build their capacity in GHG monitoring.

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GEF, Montreal Protocol Support ODS Reduction Efforts in the Gambia [viewed]

mp-gef-unido9 December 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved a project aimed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) and ozone-depleting substances (ODS) in the Gambia's industrial refrigeration and air-conditioning sector.

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