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September 2009
Assessment of energy and greenhouse gas inventories of Sweet Sorghum for first and second generation bioethanol
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The assessment of energy and greenhouse gas balances is part of a larger effort by UN-Energy to provide decision making tools and aids to Governments and others involved in the planning and implementation of bioenergy development. The report’s choice of tools is based on the international state of discussions at the time of writing and presents a building block to the Environmental Assessment Framework currently under development at FAO. Following a joint FAO and IFAD consultation in 2007 on Sweet Sorghum development for bioethanol production (FAO, 2007), this report is a revised study originally prepared for discussions in preparation of the High-level Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy (Rome, 2008) as a case study to give more precise environmental parameters for this promising energy and food crop.

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September 2009
WORLD SUMMIT ON FOOD SECURITY

The global food insecurity situation has worsened and continues to represent a serious threat for humanity. With food prices remaining stubbornly high in developing countries, the number of people suffering from hunger has been growing relentlessly in recent years. The global economic crisis is aggravating the situation by affecting jobs and deepening poverty. FAO estimates that the number of hungry people could increase by a further 100 million in 2009 and pass the one billion mark. A World Summit on Food Security is scheduled for 16-18 November 2009 to address these issues and to agree on key actions to tackle this crisis. The Summit web site contains all information related to the upcoming Summit and the events leading up to it.

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July 2009
FAO initiates debate on declaration for World Summit on Food Security
Calls for eradication of hunger by 2025 and for more investment in agriculture

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July 2009
Saudi Arabia to fund FAO World Food Security Summit
November meeting to discuss eradication of hunger

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April 2009
Diouf: world must seize chance to boost agriculture
High food prices not just threat but opportunity

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