Bonn, 8 Jun 2015. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) had previously decided against a work programme for agriculture. In Lima it was not even featured as an agenda item. All the more important it is for the ARD community to continue highlighting the key role agriculture plays in real world climate change.

Online, 28 May 2015. In order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the EU member countries agreed in 2005 to reach a share of 0.7% Official Development Assistance (ODA) of the respective Gross National Income (GNI) by 2015. Member States which joined the EU after 2002 decided to aim for 0.33% ODA/GNI. Further stressing ODA as an important and catalytic element in the overall financing available for developing countries most in need, the European Council publishes annually a report on the EU and Member States’ commitments and delivery on ODA. The 5th report of this kind was recently submitted.

Online, 28 May 2015. CONCORD published a new position paper on food security, in which it highlights that a just and sustainable food system would: fulfil human rights, provide healthy and nutritious food, be participative and democratically controlled, recognise planetary boundaries for sustainability and stay inside them and provide resilience to shocks.

Rome, 28 May 2015. The number of hungry people in the world has dropped to 795 million – 216 million fewer than in 1990-92 – or around one person out of every nine, according to the latest edition of the annual UN hunger report. In the developing regions, the prevalence of undernourishment - which measures the proportion of people who are unable to consume enough food for an active and healthy life – has declined to 12.9 percent of the population, down from 23.3 percent a quarter of a century ago reports SOFI 2015, published today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP).

London, 28 May 2015. Adapting to long-term stresses caused by climate risks, climate smart agriculture (CSA) is frequently discussed technically. Still, the necessary investments are insufficient to date and new and innovative financial sources are not yet fully known or tapped into. Knowledge exchange and joint actions of public and private actors are the answer to current shortcomings in finding financial solutions. Even at first glance unusual coalitions can create very effective synergies. By investing 40% of a $2 billion USD fund, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports for instance agricultural investments of the Islamic Development Bank. And the NEPAD/CAADP vision to boost climate smart actions in the rural space is based the close cooperation with international next to the international development partners in the African CSA Alliance (ACSAA).

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