Concern for the future of food security for middle to low-income countries, linked to food price volatility, is equally an issue for international agriculture investment.
Deforestation and desertification
The Republic of Maldives, an archipelago of Indian Ocean, consisting of some 1200 islands and traditional "dream destination", is currently experiencing the beginning of a nightmare. Mohamed Nasheed, the President of this country of South-West Asia has been recognized for his commitment to fighting climate change. During his trip through Europe mid-October, he took the opportunity to alert the public about the effects of climate change in his country.
Proclaimed in 1979 by the Conference of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the aim of World Food Day, on October 16th every year, is to learn more about the world's food problems and to strengthen solidarity in the fight against hunger, malnutrition, and poverty.
The FAO's World Food Day will be celebrated this year on October 16, 2011, with the theme of "Food prices - from crisis to stability." The three Rome-based UN agencies made public the 2011 World Hunger Report on Monday, October 10, 2011. It is a landmark contribution to debate and action at the highest levels.
For their 78th meeting, and to celebrate the resumption of "Alter Mardis", the organization ASHOKA is organizing an exceptional event in Paris with Maître Abdoulaye Harissou. Public Notary in Cameroon, he is the author of La terre, un droit humain published last June with a foreword by Presidents Jacques Chirac and Abdou Diouf.
In 1989, UNESCO designated the Yasuni Park a "biosphere reserve"; it covers an area of 10 000 km2, in the Ecuadorian Andes. For many scientists, this is the region of greatest biological diversity in the world.
Wangari Maathai spent her life fighting battles at the crossroads of ecological awareness, environmental protection, and the defense of democracy.
On Thursday, September 15, 2011, Al Gore, former U.S. Vice President, launched a large-scale, multimedia project via the Internet. The event ran for 24 hours in 24 cities around the world.
Just over a year ago, President Jacques Chirac and the Minister of Culture, Frédéric Mitterrand, launched an awareness raising program aimed at architecture students on the use of legal and certified timber. It began on September 29, 2010 at the Cité de l'Architecture. The partnership between the Fondation and the Ministry is set to continue in 2011/2012.
The Centre of Social Excellence, supported by the Fondation Chirac, trains experts in the social and environmental aspects of the sustainable use of natural resources (timber, minerals ...). Interested students may submit their applications now.