For too long, the international community has neglected the instrumental role smallholder farmers can play in providing food and reducing poverty in the developing world. That’s according to Roger Thurow, a senior fellow on global agriculture and food policy at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs in this video interview for Feeding Development. Now, Thurow said, the development community is waking up to these farmers’ potential.
This video highlights key messages from the contribution of the Working Group II to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) which will be finalized on 31 October 2014. "Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability" considers the vulnerability and exposure of human and natural systems, the observed impacts and future risks of climate change, and the potential for and limits to adaptation. The chapters of the report assess risks and opportunities for societies, economies, and ecosystems around the world.
From bear paw soup to pangolin scales, people can now report suspected illegal wildlife trade in Southeast Asia using a smartphone app developed by the Taronga Conservation Society Australia in partnership with TRAFFIC. The ‘Wildlife Witness’ app enables users to report suspected illegal wildlife in trade in the region easily and quickly by taking a photo, pinning the exact location of an incident and sending these important details to TRAFFIC.
A new initiative from the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) aims to shed light on how individual oil palm concessions affect forests, information that can empower companies to manage their forests and supply chains more sustainably. Global Forest Watch Commodities (GFW-Commodities) combines the RSPO’s maps of certified sustainable palm oil production sites with global forest data like tree cover loss alerts, locations of primary forests, and legal land classifications.