Media Briefings

Mar 23, 2012

Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Vietnam to Improve Lives of Rural Farmers

March 26, Hanoi—Vietnam’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are relatively low in the global context, but they are growing rapidly and will likely triple by 2030 unless significant mitigation options are undertaken. With over 60 percent of the population in Vietnam active in the agricultural sector, there is significant mitigation potential through improved agricultural practices. Emissions reductions could be a source of millions of dollars a year of income for farmers in the country, which could be used to adapt to the adverse consequences of climate change.

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Sarah Immenschuh, +1 (202) 862-5679, s.immenschuh@cgiar.org

Mar 23, 2012
by IFPRI

Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Vietnam

Vietnam’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are relatively low in the global context, but they are growing rapidly and will likely triple by 2030 unless significant mitigation options are undertaken. With over 60 percent of the population in Vietnam active in the agricultural sector, there is…

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Feb 27, 2012
by IFPRI

Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index

A significant new breakthrough in the measurement of women’s empowerment in developing countries is launched today. The “Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index” (WEAI) is the first measure to directly capture women’s empowerment and inclusion levels in the agricultural sector.

Feb 27, 2012

Groundbreaking Index Launched to Empower Women and Fight Hunger

Washington, D.C.—A significant new breakthrough in the measurement of women’s empowerment in developing countries is launched today. The “Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index” (WEAI) is the first measure to directly capture women’s empowerment and inclusion levels in the agricultural sector.

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Sarah Immenschuh, s.immenschuh@cgiar.org
+1 (202) 862-5679

Lisa Hibbert-Simpson, lhibbertsimpson@usaid.gov
+1 (202) 712-5114

Joanne Tomkinson, joanne.tomkinson@qeh.ox.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1865 271528

Feb 7, 2012

Arab Food Security Conference Issues Range of Recommendations

Beirut, 7 February 2012 (UN Information Service) – Participants in an international conference on Arab food security today concluded two days of meetings with a call to highlight the need to focus on supporting job-creating growth for the poor in countries with household-level food insecurity, and on encouraging exports to finance food imports and agriculture in countries with macro-level food insecurity.

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Feb 6, 2012

ESCWA and the International Food Policy Research Institute Urge Enhanced Regional Food Security

Beirut, 6 February 2012 – The Deputy Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) Nadim Khouri called for the need to take advantage of available opportunities to improve food security in the region through trade and foreign investments to ensure benefits for all.

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Journalists interested in conducting interviews with participants can coordinate with Ms Maryam Sleiman via e-mail sleiman2@un.org, by phone on 03/910930 or 01/978815, or with Ms Sarah Immenschuh via e-mail s.immenschuh@cgiar.org or by phone on 76/073256

Feb 6, 2012

Urgent policy actions needed to tackle food and nutrition security in the Arab world

February 6—Poverty and income inequality rates in the Arab world are higher than official numbers have suggested. Food security and poverty are particularly closely linked in Arab countries due to high vulnerability to food-related external shocks, including food price volatility, natural disasters, increasing water scarcity, and conflicts.

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Sarah Immenschuh, s.immenschuh@cgiar.org
00 961 76 073 256

Dec 1, 2011
by IFPRI

Climate Change and Food Security

Recommendations for UNFCCC delegates from CAAS-IFPRI conference in Beijing

Dec 1, 2011

Leading BRICS+ Researchers Recommend Agricultural Work Program to Climate Change Convention Negotiators

Washington, D.C.— Climate change presents a major threat to sustainable food security. Recent changes to agriculture consistent with climate change include shifts in the production of rice and maize in the northern hemisphere and climate-induced changes in crop productivity across the world. There will be additional changes as global temperatures rise, precipitation patterns change, and the likelihood of more extreme climate-related events grows.

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Sarah Immenschuh, + 1 (202) 862-5679
s.immenschuh@cgiar.org