The UN Agriculture Agency Chief has called on world’s Mayors to make global commitments local realities. It is important to make “global commitments local realities,” José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), announced in a meeting while discussing common challenges to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as climate change and food security. The special event where this announcement was made, From Global Issues to Local Priorities, was co-hosted by María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the UN General Assembly, alongside Mr. Graziano da Silva. About 68 per cent of the world’s population is expected to live in urban areas by 2050 – mostly in Africa and Southeast Asia, where hunger and poverty are highest. Mr. Graziano
Fourteen young chefs from across India are firing up their burners to compete for becoming India's Star Smart Food Student-chef. After reaching the final round and Paired as seven teams, they will take on the challenge of pleasing the palate of celebrity judges at the Grand Finale of India's first Smart Food Culinary Challenge during taking place in Bengaluru. Smart Food Culinary Challenge The Smart Food Culinary Challenge is India's first-ever culinary Reality Show for a Cause. An underlying focus of this challenge is to boost and promote millets among the culinary community. The Grand Finale will be held live as part of the Organics & Millets International Trade Fair 2019 which will take place at the Palace Grounds in Bengaluru on 19 January 2019. The Organics & Millets ...
Climate change can be defined and understood as significant changes in the global temperature, precipitation, wind patterns and other measures of climate that occur over more than three decades. The world is witnessing increasingly severe impacts of climate change since almost the last two hundred years. Climate change has some obvious impacts on the agriculture sector, and therefore on global food security. According to the Government of India, while evidence of change in weather pattern over the country seems to be lacking, there have been large-scale reporting of extreme weather events in the recent past. These include extended dry periods, floods, hailstorms, cyclonic rains and winds etc. Most of these extreme weather events have caused damage to standing crops and and have ul...
The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations invites everyone to a Webcast presentation of its new publication entitled Integrating Food into Urban Planning. The presentation will be made by Prof. Yves Cabannes, UCL, and Cecilia Marocchino, FAO, both of whom have coordinated the preparation of this Book publication. They will be joint by FAO managers and experts from UNDP, ECOSAD, UNHABITAT and the 2018 World Food Prize Laureate as well as an intervention by the Mayor of the city of Valencia. The event will be webcast with simultaneous translation in English, French and Spanish. Date: 13 December 2018 Time: 5.30 pm IST (1.00 pm CET) URL for Webcast: http://www.fao.org/webcast/home/en/item/4912/icode/ The Webcast Presentation will put a spotlight on emer
Save your Seeds from Becoming Biohazards: Join the March Against GMO (Click for more info) On the eve of the March Against GMOs, we present to you all that you need to know about Genetically Modified Crops. Any why you should care. Read on.. What is Genetic Engineering? The deliberate modification of the characteristics of an organism by manipulating its genetic material can broadly be defined as genetic engineering. Simply put, genetic engineering is the science of splicing a part of the genetic makeup of an individual from one species and inserting it into the genetic make up of an individual from another species across the species spectrum. While its very nature is debated on ethical & safety considerations, the advent of genetic engineering in the field of medical scien
Delhi Greens wishes all its readers a Happy and more hopeful Independence Day! The Nation today is going through a slow and steady transformation, one that we all should feel lucky to be witnessing. There are going to be challenges and indeed there really are, but let us hope we shall overcome all these and that each one of us will contribute in ensuring an overall development of India, while ensuring that every development process respects 'our common environment' and is sustainable. Our two heads-of-the-State, President of India, H.E. Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh discussed some of these issues in their speeches on the occassion of India's 65th Independence Day. The President highlighted, among other issues, the issue of ensuring food securit
Though FOOD is a basic, integral part of our life by which we seek to keep ourselves alive, it is something that we hardly give any deep thought to – how is food being produced, by what technologies and with what implications, who is controlling decisions around food production and consumption with what reasons, what role can we play etc., are all questions that we hardly mull over! These are global questions faced by every person who lives on this Planet. Are we walking into neatly laid traps where we cannot exercise democratic choices of knowing and deciding on what we are eating, how food will get produced and what food will get produced and how it will finally reach us? Is this trap a part of the profiteering plans of large multi-national corporations and are we willingly walkin
Gene Campaign and Action Aid invite all concerned citizens to a national conference on "Ensuring Food Security in a Changing Climate", to start the process of forging a national agenda to ensure food security and rural livelihoods, as the climate changes. Date: 23 and 24th April, 2010 Time: 9.30 am Venue: Speaker's Hall, Constitution Club, Rafi Marg, New Delhi The meeting will be held in Delhi on 23 and 24 April, 2010 , at the Constitution Club ( Speakers Hall). Expert speakers will address various aspects of coping with both mitigation and adaptation so as to support food security. After the discussions, a set of recommendations for action will be framed to be proposed to the government. This will be followed by a collective and sustained advocacy campaign for policy change
The Indian Government is considering approving genetic modification of our fruits and vegetables starting with Brinjal. While a rigged up "Expert" Committee has recommended clearance to genetically modified Bt Brinjal, due to concerns raised by independent scientists and farmer groups, Minister Jairam Ramesh has requested public feedback before making a decision in February. Let us make our voices heard and democracy work! This is perhaps the last call to save our Brinjal! On January 30, the day that took Mahatma Gandhi from us, a day that also happens to be the last day of the official national consultation hearing on Bt Brinjal, we are planning to gather in different locations across India in prayer and fasting to stop Bt Brinjal. The call for a National Day of Fast is being give
The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), an established policy research institution based in New Delhi, is expanding its work on aspects of industrial pollution, domestic sewage, water management, green urbanization. In this regard, CSE is looking for individuals with knowledge of environmental issues or pollution science or engineering or journalism combined with passion and commitment. The teams at CSE are small but focused on the need to bring policy and practice change. So the job will demand that you work in a collegiate environment and under pressure of deadlines. Water programme: Researches and campaigns and trains on community based rainwater harvesting, groundwater policy, water pollution and decentralized sewage technologies etc. Green rating programme: Prepares techni