Motivated by its mission to find solutions that reduce poverty and eliminate hunger and malnutrition from the world, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), in conjunction with the African Union Commission and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, proposes an international conference under the theme "Increasing Agricultural Productivity and Enhancing Food Security in Africa: New Challenges and Opportunities".
One of the great challenges for the 21st century will be to ensure that the global food supply is able to meet sustainably the needs of an unprecedented number of people and to withstand the difficulties posed by climate change. Success in meeting this challenge will require a steady stream of technical and institutional innovations geared towards increasing food production as well as successful adaption to changing climatic conditions.
Can we meet the food, water and energy needs of a growing population with increasing food prices, rising costs of energy, water scarcity and mass migration? The CGIAR Challenge Program for Water and Food (CPWF) represents one of the most comprehensive investments in the world on water, food and environment research. Through the paradigm of looking at resilience, water productivity and multiple-use, it offers a new approach to natural resources management research and potential solutions to the food and water crisis.
Global Trends such as population growth and rising economic prosperity are expected to increase demand for energy, food and water which will compromise the sustainable use of natural resources. Besides positive effects, this pressure on resources could finally result in shortages which may put water, energy and food security for the people at risk, hamper economic development, lead to social and geopolitical tensions and cause lasting irreparable environmental damage.
A key outcome of the first ICCS, held in October at Columbia University in New York, was the creation of the Climate Services Partnership. An informal and diverse alliance of organizations committed to climate-smart development, the CSP will work to advance climate services worldwide, including by contributing to the Global Framework for Climate Services and other initiatives. Members will collaborate to learn from each other’s experiences, to identify gaps and needs, and to develop and evaluate innovations.
This side session will introduce the CSP and give members time to explain their individual initiatives. Those interested in joining the partnership or in learning more about the role for climate services in climate change adaptation are encouraged to attend.
The event is organised by CIFOR, for more information please visit the website of the event.
This event will discuss early insights on the capability of REDD+ projects to deliver on their goal of sequestering forest carbon while providing a range of co-benefits. The information presented will draw mainly on findings of CIFOR's Global Comparative Study on REDD+. Presentations will be given on: (1) the status and challenges of REDD+ projects on the ground; (2) challenges encountered in establishing REDD+ in Africa; (3) the policy and economic context in which REDD+ projects are unfolding; and (4) the status of monitoring, reporting and verification in setting up REDD+.
CCAFS Coordinating Unit - University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Science, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Rolighedsvej 21, DK-1958 Frederiksberg C, Denmark, phone +45 35331046; Email ccafs [at] cgiar [dot] org, EAN 5790000279012
Lead Center - International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)