The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will work together on programmes that address climate change, food security and biodiversity loss. The two memoranda of understanding signed last week on the sidelines of the 11th Conference of Parties (COP 11) of the CBD in Hyderabad, India, aim to promote partnerships covering research, practice and policy between the two UN institutions. The first MoU was signed by the CBD, International Centre for Forestry Research, Bogor, Indonesia, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Nairobi, and Biodiversity International, Rome. The second MoU was signed between CBD and ICRAF. According to Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, CBD executive Secretary, there is a need for better scientific and technical support towards implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity.