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Special events: IRRI-IWMI-WorldFish five-year tripartite agreement

Three CGIAR Centers come together on research collaboration in accelerating the global food system transformation aligned with the CGIAR 2030 Plan.

Leaders from International Rice Research Institute, International Water Management Institute and WorldFish signed a five-year tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today, 9th April 2019.

Through this agreements and collaborations, the centers aim to address future sustainability not on single technology but through intersection around food system particularly in Southeast Asia where rice, water, and fish have a direct impact on the livelihood of the farmer but also managing the environmental impact.

WorldFish Director General Dr. Gareth Johnstone shared that the multi-agency partnership provides a strategic push for wider research, promotion, and implementation of integrated rice-fish systems and builds on previous successes of WorldFish and its partners.

Read more on IRRI, WorldFish, and IWMI commit to a food system transformation in Southeast Asia here.

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Los Banos Laguna
Philippines
Date: 
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
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Global conference: Our Ocean 2019

Learning, Sharing, Acting

The oceans are under threat from the effects of climate change, pollution, loss of biodiversity and unsustainable use. Our future depends on clean and healthy oceans, where production and protection go hand in hand. At the sixth Our Ocean conference, to be held in Oslo in October, it will highlight the importance of knowledge as the basis of human actions and policies to ensure sustainable future economic growth.

Area of Action

Within the six Areas of Action below, the Our Ocean conference is seeking solutions through policy, governance, technology and finance:

  • Marine Protected Areas and Other Area-Based Management Measures
  • Climate change
  • Sustainable fisheries
  • Marine pollution
  • Sustainable blue economy
  • Maritime security
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Oslo
Norway
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Wednesday, October 23, 2019 to Thursday, October 24, 2019
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The 5th Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture 2019

Theme: Transforming food systems under a changing climate

Agricultural development can be slow and uneven, often not reaching the people who are most vulnerable and in pockets of deep, entrenched poverty. It is further hindered by climate change, which disproportionally affects agriculture and threatens the achievement of SDG targets on food security and poverty. In order to achieve food security, increase productivity, alleviate poverty among rural communities, build resilience to climate change and other stresses, and reduce agricultural emissions, a complete transformation in agriculture is needed over the next decade, going beyond business as usual and piecemeal short-term projects.

The overarching theme of the 5th conference, ‘Transforming food systems under a changing climate’, takes cognizance of the need for transformation and aims to build the knowledge base needed to support the transformation required.

The conference will focus on 6 interlinked sub-themes, which are the key elements of agricultural transformation :

  1. Strong farmer and consumer organizations and networking
  2. Digitally enabled climate-informed services
  3. Climate-resilient and low-emission practices and technologies
  4. Innovative finance to leverage public and private sector investments
  5. Reshaping supply chains, food retail, marketing and procurement
  6. Gender equality, capacity and enabling policy and institutions
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Location: 
Bali
Indonesia
Date: 
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 to Thursday, October 10, 2019
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Global conference: 3rd World Irrigation Forum

The triennial World Irrigation Forum (WIF) aims to bring together all the stakeholders involved in irrigation of multi-disciplines and all scales, including the policymakers, experts, research institutions, non-governmental organizations and farmers. It provide a platform for the world irrigation community and interested development professionals to find solutions to problems plaguing the irrigated agriculture, in time of depleting freshwater resources as a result of global warming and climate change.

The World Irrigation Forum stimulates and promotes multidisciplinary discussions towards sustainable solution to water management in agriculture through:

  • Exchange of latest irrigation and drainage policies, practices, innovations and technologies;
  • Exploring and formulating concrete inter-disciplinary proposals;
  • Development of liaison/ collaboration among various national/ international institutions/ organizations/ private sector working for irrigated agriculture; and
  • Advocacy for political commitments
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Location: 
Bali
Indonesia
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Sunday, September 1, 2019 to Saturday, September 7, 2019
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WorldFish appoints Dr. Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio to board

WorldFish is pleased to welcome Dr. Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio to its Board of Trustees. She joins Director General Gareth Johnstone, Board Chair Yvonne Pinto and six other members in providing strategic direction and effective governance and leadership ...

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Building adaptive capacity to climate change; approaches applied in five diverse fisheries settings

Climate change poses a range of risks to coastal and inland rural communities in the global tropics. People living within these communities depend directly on physical and natural environments for income, food and their way of life. Development agencies, ...

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Carrots and sticks: How incentives are conserving the hilsa fishery in Myanmar

Climate change Conservation hilsa Myanmar Overfishing Sustainability Small-scale fisheries Incentive-based fisheries management in Myanmar's Ayeyarwady Delta is helping to protect fish stocks, safeguard biodiversity and support the livelihoods of ...

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WorldFish External events: Katowice Climate Change Conference

The 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will be held in Katowice.

 This year's summit will include Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 24), Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 14) and the Conference of Signatories to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1-3).

The key objective of the meeting is to adopt the implementation guidelines of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. To achieve the climate goals of the Paris Agreement we require dedicated efforts by all government levels as well as stakeholders from business and civil society. Especially cities and municipalities need to be recognized, engaged and enabled to fulfill their role as important climate actors. Despite the numerous existing climate initiatives, local mitigation and adaptation potentials are far from being exploited to the full. In this regard, coordination and cooperation across all government levels is key: multi-level climate governance is a crucial element to implementing the Paris Agreement.

At COP24, CGIAR will showcase how its research is increasing resilience and mitigating risk of climate change across five transformative areas: nutrition, environmental, information, genetic, and social and economic. CGIAR Research Centers, Programs and Platforms will also be participating in a number of side events. See the COP24 website for the schedule.

If you are at COP24, visit the CGIAR booth, #53 in the Spodek Arena.

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Katowice
Poland
Date: 
Sunday, December 2, 2018 to Friday, December 14, 2018
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WorldFish External events: Sustainable Blue Economy Conference

Kenya and its co-hosts Canada and Japan are inviting the world to Nairobi for the first global conference on the sustainable blue economy. The goal of the conference is to have action-oriented discussions regarding a sustainable blue economy that is people-centric with ocean-driven investments.

Over 7,000 participants from 150 countries are expected to attend the conference, which will showcase 300+ events and 200+ speakers. The theme of the conference is: Blue Economy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

WorldFish Director General Dr. Gareth Johnstone has been invited as a keynote speaker and will be chairing the plenary session on Ending hunger, securing food supplies and promoting good health and sustainable fisheries. In addition, Gender Research Leader Dr. Cynthia McDougall, together with FISH CRP Independent Steering Committee Member Editrudith Lukanga will be presenting several themes related to women in the blue economy.

 

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Nairobi
Kenya
Date: 
Monday, November 26, 2018 to Wednesday, November 28, 2018
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Including GHG emissions from mangrove forests LULUC in LCA: a case study on shrimp farming in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Mangrove forests have been recognized as important regulators of greenhouse gases (GHGs), yet the resulting land use and land-use change (LULUC) emissions have rarely been accounted for in life cycle assessment (LCA) studies. The present study therefore ...

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