Browse by Theme: Climate Change

Leaving aside outcomes and outputs, and M&E plans, and monitoring and analysis tools, and all that comprises a workshop, by far the most immediate, energising and perhaps memorable outcome is the opportunity to learn from colleagues in ways that advances your understanding of your bit of the world.

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An update from a CARE workshop on smallholder agriculture, climate change and food and nutrition security.

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CARE’s Gianluca Nardi works with the mining industry in Latin America, promoting multi-sector dialogue, revenue transparency, accountability and sound community development practices. He outlines the eight key issues the industry needs to get serious about to significantly improve the lives of poor people in the communities where it operates.

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Climate change negotiator Naderev Sano made global headlines this week when he spoke about the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in the Phillippines. In his address to delegates at the UN climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, he said the world's inability to rise up to the challenge of climate change was 'madness'.

Since the very first meeting of Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1995, the annual high-level climate talks have been called many things – ineffective, dull, a waste of money and a jamboree - but the slow pace of progress is rarely criticised in public with such heartfelt fervour.

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According to the latest UN statistics, of the total population affected by Typhoon Haiyan, an estimated 47,600 women are at risk of sexual violence. In the evacuation centres, an estimated 2,250 women are also at risk.

We know that disasters impact men and women differently - but how can we get better at factoring this into account in international aid efforts?

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The 2013 Annual State of Food Insecurity in the World report was launched last week, in time for the annual meeting of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). This year’s report estimates that progress has been made towards the 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to halve the level of global hunger, albeit with wide disparities across regions.

It’s refreshing to have some positive news about the decrease in the number of people who are food insecure and I was pleased at the prominence given to social protection in the report. (See more on the positives below). However there were some glaring omissions. What about the focus on governance and women’s voice? Where is a reflection on the contribution of climate change to food security? And why, at a time when 4 million people inside Syria face food insecurity, does the report stay silent on emergencies and the impact of conflict and crisis on immediate and long term food insecurity? All at a time when the CFS, this week, is finalising policy recommendations for managing food insecurity during protracted crises.

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This week’s report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world's top scientific body focusing on the issue of climate change, can be summed up in two words: bad news.

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