The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), through the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) and in agreement with EMBRAPA-SOLOS, is currently funding the implementation of the “Sistema de Información de Suelos de Latinoamerica” Phase I and II. Capacity development on digital soil mapping is the core of this project and is implemented by EMBRAPA-Solos with the active participation of 20 countries in the region. Distance and in-situ training sessions have been successfully implemented, with 60 soil scientists in the region taking part in the effort. From 18 to 22 March 2013, the second training will take place at EMBRAPA-SOLOS with lectures from this institution and the Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA), Argentina.
dates: 18-22 March 2013 venue: EMBRAPA-SOLOS location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Organized by the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), this technical workshop aims to strengthen the capacities of the National Programmes on Plant Genetic Resources in Latin America (CAP-FITOGEN). The workshop will: contribute to the improvement of skills and capacity of the technical staff in the area of conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture; promote the use and adoption of several data management tools adapted to the needs of the national programmes of the region; and gather information on the need to further develop new tools within the framework of the Global Information System on Plant Genetic Resources.
dates: 19-22 March 2013 location: Bogota, Colombia
Reflecting the decision to designate 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation, World Water Day 2013 will be dedicated to the theme of water cooperation.
date: 22 March 2013 location: worldwide