A new African institution has been established to promote Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EBA) as a tool to address chronic food insecurity in Africa, while contributing to sustainable agricultural production and rural livelihoods, reports the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).
The Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA) was established during the closing session of the 2nd EBA for Food Security Conference (EBAFOSC 2) in Nairobi, Kenya from 30-31 July 2015.
WMO Congress Agrees Priorities for the Next Four Year
GENEVA 12 June 2015 (WMO) - The World Meteorological Organization’s quadrennial Congress ended today, with the adoption of a new strategic plan, and related budget as well as the appointment of a new Secretary-General.
Candidature of Prof. Petteri Taalas as Secretary General of WMO
The government of Finland has designated Professor Petteri Taalas as candidate for the position of WMO's next Secretary-General for the term 2016–2019. He is motivated to work to provide better services for Members and their national meteorological and hydrological services (NMHS).
GENEVA 4 June 2015 (WMO) - Petteri Taalas, Director-General of the Finnish Meteorological Institute, has been appointed as the next Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization for a four-year mandate starting 1 January 2016. He succeeds Michel Jarraud (France).
Mr Taalas received the requisite two-thirds majority vote at the World Meteorological Congress, WMO’s top decision-making body.
Rome, 4 June 2015 - Major food commodity prices declined again in May, hitting an almost six-year low as cereal prices fell substantially amid a favourable outlook for this year's harvests.
The FAO Food Price Index averaged 166.8 points in May, down 1.4 percent from April and as much as 20.7 percent from a year earlier. FAO has also upgraded its May 2015 forecast for global production of wheat, coarse grains and rice, anticipating bigger maize harvests in China and Mexico as well as more abundant wheat harvests in Africa and North America.
Geneva WMO 23 April 2015: During a Workshop on Improving Climate Services for Farmers in Africa and South Asia, farmers and experts adopted the Kampala Declaration on promoting cross-regional cooperation on sharing and using knowledge on climate products and services. The Declaration came about because of the increased recognition that significant progress has been made in weather and climate forecasting through improved data availability and advances in numerical modeling.
Geneva-The World Meteorological Congress meets once every four years to determine policies and priorities for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). It approves long-term plans and the budget, elects the President and Vice-Presidents of WMO and members of the Executive Council, and appoints the Secretary-General.
The Congress session takes place from Monday 25 May to Friday 12 June at the Geneva International Conference Centre. Plenary sessions are open to accredited media. Full agenda details and conference documents are available here.
Surprising Discovery of Elite Heat-Tolerant Beans Could Save
“Meat of the Poor” from Global Warming
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (25 MARCH 2015)—Amidst fears that global warming could zap a vital source of protein that has sustained humans for centuries, bean breeders with the CGIAR global agriculture research partnership announced today the discovery of 30 new types, or lines as plant breeders refer to them, of “heat-beater” beans that could keep production from crashing in large swaths of bean-dependent Latin America and Africa.
By John Myers
Forum News Service
DULUTH, Minnesota. -- Research by a University of Minnesota Duluth professor that separates Earth's natural climate variability from outside factors points in particular to greenhouse gas-induced climate change as the likely cause of the warming planet.
The study found that natural climate variability probably has helped keep things cooler in recent years than they otherwise would have been due to the outside factors.
The Sour Sop or the fruit from the graviola tree is a miraculous natural cancer cell killer 10,000 times stronger than Chemo. Why are we not aware of this? Its because some big corporation want to make back their money spent on years of research by trying to make a synthetic version of it for sale.
So, since you know it now you can help a friend in need by letting him know or just drink some sour sop juice yourself as prevention from time to time. The taste is not bad at all. It’s completely natural and definitely has no side effects. If you have the space, plant one in your garden.
IGAD CLIMATE PREDICTION AND APPLICATIONS CENTRE (ICPAC)
THE THIRTY NINTH GREATER HORN OF AFRICA CLIMATE OUTLOOK FORUM (GHACOF39) ANNOUNCEMENT
VENUE: NAIROBI, KENYA
DATE: 23 - 25 FEBRUARY 2015
EARLY WARNING TO COPE WITH CLIMATE VARIABILITY AND CHANGE IN SUPPORT OF RESILIENCE BUILDING IN THE HORN OF AFRICA
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Ecuador street scene.
Ruxandra Guidi and Bear Guerra reported on health and development in Ecuador in 2014.