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Enhancing food system resilience


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Enhancing food system resilience: What roles can forests, trees and agroforestry play? What are the research perspectives?

Forest foods in Zambia are diverse and nutrient rich. Photo by Joe Nkadaani/CIFOR

Organized by the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) and the Environmental Change Institute – University of Oxford, this seminar – taking place online and in Bogor, Indonesia – will look at enhancing food system resilience in terms of the roles of forests, trees and agroforestry, as well as perspectives for research.

The event will begin with a keynote on enhancing food system resilience, before a discussion on the importance of forests, trees and agroforestry for food security and nutrition through a food systems approach, and a Q&A session in which participants will have the opportunity to pose questions to some of the speakers.

The seminar will take place at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) campus, Amazon Room, at 4pm WIB on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. We also look forward to welcoming online viewers from around the world – check back on this page soon to find out how to attend the webinar version.


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The 24th Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC


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The 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be held in Katowice, Poland, from Dec. 2-14, 2018, with a key objective to adopt the implementation guidelines of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

This would include ramping up climate action so that the central goal of the agreement can be achieved – to hold the world’s average temperature to as close as possible to 1.5 degrees Celsius. In line with this, research from across the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) aims to develop effective, equitable and inclusive solutions to jointly address climate change and development outcomes.

FTA, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) will be cohosting an exhibition space to showcase work on climate change mitigation and adaptation at international, national and local levels – supporting countries and actors to incorporate forests, agroforestry and sustainable landscape management into policies and practices.

CGIAR will also host an exhibition space, highlighting solutions for the complex challenges facing the world’s food system and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Representatives of CIFOR, ICRAF and Bioversity International will also participate in side events throughout COP24, as listed below. For details of the entire conference, check the agenda and the side event listing.

Side events

What has REDD+ achieved? Evaluating the impacts of REDD+ interventions on forests and people

Thursday, Dec. 6
6.30pm – 8pm
Organized by CIFOR and Wageningen University
Empirical evidence on the performance of REDD+ and other forestry interventions is critically needed. CIFOR, GCF-IEU and partners will present research results from a global impact evaluation of subnational REDD+ initiatives, an evidence gap on forestry interventions, and REDD+ policy analysis.

Speakers: Amy Duchelle (CIFOR), Jyotsna Puri (GCF-IEU), Martin Herold (Wageningen University) and Juan Chang (GCF)
Moderator: Christopher Martius (CIFOR)

Jurisdictional sustainability partnerships: Progress toward low-emission development in the tropics

Monday, Dec. 10
4.45pm – 6.15pm
Organized by Earth Innovation Institute (EII), Amigos de la Tierra Asociación Civil (ATAC), Pronatura Sur AC, and the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU-Boulder)
Global stakeholder networks representing governments (GCF), indigenous peoples and local communities, the private sector (TFA2020) and civil society (STA) review a new global assessment of low-emission development in 40 subnational jurisdictions and present innovative partnerships driving progress.

Speakers: Amy Duchelle (CIFOR), Claudia Stickler (EII) and more to be confirmed

Landscape restoration for climate objectives, synergies and trade-offs across SDGs

Wednesday, Dec. 5
3pm – 4.30pm
Organized by ICRAF and Bioversity International
Degradation of agricultural and forest landscapes is a major concern worldwide. Restoration can deliver climate change and multiple other SDG benefits. This event explores and discusses opportunities for scaling up productive landscapes restoration, synergies and trade-offs for climate goals.

Speakers: Lalisa Duguma (ICRAF), Chris Kettle (Bioversity International) and more to be confirmed

Related event

GLF Climate Action in the Landscape

Sunday, Dec. 9 Organized by CIFOR and Wageningen University
Climate Action in the Landscape will be second thematic event from the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) to specifically focus on climate change and the interactive solutions that can be found within sustainable landscapes. The event will feature four sessions held throughout half a day at COP24 in Katowice and will align with the five pillars of the GLF: livelihoods, rights, restoration, finance, and measuring progress.

Read more on GLF’s event page.


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The 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP24 will be held in Katowice December 2 – 14 December. The key objective of the meeting is to adopt the implementation guidelines of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

This is crucial because it ensures the true potential of the Paris Agreement can be unleashed, including ramping up climate action so that the central goal of the agreement can be achieved, namely to hold the global average temperature to as close as possible to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

For more information, check the event agenda.


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Seeds of Change Conference


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Photo by Ricky Martin/CIFOR

 

Seeds of Change: Gender Equality Through Agricultural Research for Development is an interdisciplinary conference for researchers and practitioners in all fields of agriculture (including food/commodity/cash crops, subsistence/semi-subsistence sectors, supply chains, forestry, fisheries, and water management) jointly funded by the Australia­­­n Centre for Agricultural Research, CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research and University of Canberra.

For more information, visit the event webpage.


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Making sense of ‘intersectionality’


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A man and woman pose for a photo in Nepal. Photo by Carol J. Pierce Colfer/CIFOR/Cornell

The CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research is hosting the webinar “Making sense of ‘intersectionality'” on Nov. 15  from 3pm-4.30pm CET. The webinar is organized in collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA).

This webinar aims to introduce intersectionality to researchers working on applied agriculture and natural resource management research who are unfamiliar with the term and/or unsure about how to apply them in their research. Practitioners and policymakers who are concerned with using data, evidence and analyses to ensure that “no one is left behind” – one of the core promises of the Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development – would also find this webinar to be useful.

The webinar will provide:

  • A brief and accessible overview of the major approaches and debates surrounding the term in gender and feminist studies;
  • Propose a five-lens approach (cognitive, emotional, social, economic and political) in applying the term to applied agriculture and natural resource management research.
  • Discuss the value of being attentive to questions of ‘positionality’ and ‘reflexivity’ in our research; and
  • Suggest ways in which a wide range of research methods – from national level household surveys to participatory action research – can be leveraged to support marginalized individuals and communities to bring about socially inclusive change.

The webinar will be moderated by the Center for International Forestry Research’s (CIFOR) gender research leader Bimbika Sijapati Basnett. The discussants will be:

  • Carol J. Pierce Colfer, visiting scholar at Cornell University’s Southeast Asia Program and senior associate with CIFOR.
  • Markus Ihalainen, research and engagement officer at CIFOR
  • Ruth Meinzen-Dick, senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and coleader of the Flagship on Governance of Natural Resources under the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM).
  • Shelley Feldman, retired professor of development sociology as well as feminist, gender and sexuality studies at Cornell University.

For more information, view the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research’s event posting.


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Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) Bonn 2018


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Actors from across a wide diversity of sectors, backgrounds and countries will come together at GLF Bonn 2018 to explore how to move from commitments and pledges on sustainable landscapes to implementation. From investors to indigenous groups, from policy makers to farmers and youth, all key stakeholders will learn from each other, share success stories and work together to put into action practices and policies that move landscapes towards a sustainable future.

Supported by the German government and key partners, the GLF event will attract more than 2,000 participants in Bonn on Dec. 1-2, as well as millions more for the online edition. Check the event website for details on the wide variety of activities to engage with.

FTA is hosting a discussion forum titled Delivery of quality and diverse planting material is a major constraint for restoration. What solutions, what emerging needs?, which is organized by Bioversity International and the World Agroforestry Centre, set to take place on Dec. 1 at 9am-10.30am.


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Committee on World Food Security (CFS) 45


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The vision of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is to be the most inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to work together in a coordinated way to ensure food security and nutrition for all. It underwent reform in 2009 to ensure that the voices of other stakeholders were heard in the global debate on food security and nutrition. The Committee reports to the UN General Assembly through the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and to FAO Conference.

Occurring on Oct. 15-19, 2018, in Rome, Italy, CFS 45 will provide the opportunity for meaningful dialogue and interaction. For more information, visit the event website.


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Asia-Pacific Forestry Week


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Asia-Pacific Forestry Week (APFW2019) will be one of the largest and most important forestry gatherings in the Asia-Pacific region in 2019.

“Forests for peace and well-being” is the overall theme of APFW2019, which reflects the positive dimensions of forestry and suggests the need to proactively integrate forestry into the wider context of environment, society and sustainable development, under which economic, social, human and cultural dimensions are considered in a holistic manner.

The Korea Forest Service (KFS) will host the event together with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The event encourages the participation and support of partner organizations and collaborators including government, civil society, research, academia and the private sector.


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  • Science Forum 2018

Science Forum 2018


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Science Forum 2018 (SF18), Win more, lose less: Capturing synergies between SDGs through agricultural research, will be held from 10-12 October 2018 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. SF18 is organized by the CGIAR’S Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) and co-hosted by the South African Agricultural Research Council.

The objective of SF18 is to identify substantial interactions between the Sustainable Development Goals (both positive and negative), the role of agricultural research in augmenting synergies and managing trade-offs, and the ensuing implications for the science-policy interface. Results will contribute to the discussion of developing research themes and frameworks in CGIAR.

For more information, check the event website.


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4th International Conference on Planted Forests


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The International Congress on Planted Forests is an international academic conference that is being organized by the International Union on Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) with the technical support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations through its Planted Forests Programme.

Three congresses have been held so far. The 1st and 2nd International Congress on Planted Forests were held in Chile in 1999 and in New Zealand in 2003; The 3rd was held in Europe in 2013,including Bordeaux, France, Dublin, Ireland, Porto, Portugal and Estoril where held separate satellite conferences and plenary sessions. More than 180 delegates from 38 countries attended the conference, representing national and regional governments, private enterprises, universities, research institutes, international organizations and non-governmental organizations. Among them, the Minister of Agriculture, Oceanography, Environment and Spatial Planning of Portugal and the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry of France attended the congress.

The 4th International Congress on Planted Forests (ICPF) aims to investigate the contribution of planted forests to green development in the context of global changes. Topics includes the sustainability of planted forests in the context of changing climates and the future role of planted forests in bio-resources sustainability, environmental protection and green development. The 4th ICPF will also be a space of interface between scientific communities, wider society and government policy initiatives related to planted forests.

FTA will be represented in parallel sessions including “Barriers an opportunities to realising the full value of planted forests’ contribution to sustainable wood for a sustainable world”, “A landscape approach to planted forests” and “Increasing resilience in planted forests to climate change impacts”, as well as the subplenary session on thematic area B, “Multipurpose management of planted forests” that will be moderated by FTA Director Vincent Gitz. For further details, check the event agenda.

For more information, visit the event website.


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Tropentag 2018


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The annual interdisciplinary conference on research in tropical and subtropical agriculture, natural resource management and rural development (TROPENTAG) is jointly organised by the universities of Berlin, Bonn, Göttingen, Hohenheim, Kassel-Witzenhausen, Hamburg, ZALF e.V., ETH Zurich (Switzerland), Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (Czech Republic), BOKU Vienna (Austria) and the Council for Tropical and Subtropical Research (ATSAF e.V) in cooperation with the GIZ Advisory Service on Agricultural Research for Development (BEAF).

Tropentag 2018 — Global food security and food safety: The role of universities will be organised by the University of Ghent, Belgium, in close cooperation with KU Leuven and Antwerp University (both Belgium). The conference venue will be in Ghent. All students, Ph.D. students, scientists, extension workers, decision makers, politicians and practical farmers, interested and engaged in agricultural research and rural development in transition and developing countries are invited to participate and to contribute.

For more information, visit the event website.


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  • The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) 44

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) 44


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The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is the foremost inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to work together to ensure food security and nutrition for all. The Committee reports to the UN General Assembly through the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and to FAO Conference.

For further info please click here.


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  • Committee on Forestry (COFO) World Forests Week

Committee on Forestry (COFO) World Forests Week


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The Committee on Forestry (COFO) is the highest FAO Forestry statutory body. The biennial sessions of COFO (held at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy) bring together heads of forest services and other senior government officials to identify emerging policy and technical issues, to seek solutions and to advise FAO and others on appropriate action. Other international organizations and, increasingly, non-governmental groups participate in COFO. Participation in COFO is open to all FAO member countries.

For more information, visit the event page.


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GENNOVATE, a qualitative comparative study on gender norms and agency in agricultural and environmental innovation – Study concepts and methodology


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The CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research is hosting the webinar ‘GENNOVATE, a qualitative comparative study on gender norms and agency in agricultural and environmental innovation – Study concepts and methodology’. The webinar is organized in collaboration with GENNOVATE.

GENNOVATE is a comparative qualitative study that focuses on how gender norms influence agricultural and natural resource management (NRM) processes, and how agricultural/NRM interventions can affect gender relations. The study that has been carried out by gender scientists across the CGIAR, in 26 countries and 137 communities. In discussion groups and individual interviews, more than 7,500 rural study participants of different socio-economic backgrounds and age groups reflect on and compare local women’s and men’s expected roles and behaviors — or gender norms — and how these social rules affect their ability to access, adopt, adapt, and benefit from innovations in agricultural and natural resource management.

Register here to attend the webinar.


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Blue Carbon Summit


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Blue carbon is in abundance along Indonesia’s shores, stored in mangroves and seagrass meadows. It promises significant economic advantages through well-preserved fisheries and aquaculture and helps mitigate climate change, acting as a buffer against rising sea levels. Participants will exchange information and ideas at the Blue Carbon Summit, providing the basis for building a roadmap for blue carbon development.

The event, which aims at mainstreaming blue carbon into the national agenda to meet global commitments, is being organized by AIPI, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) and the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF). Find out more via the concept note or the event webpage.


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