4th Agriculture and Rural Development Day: Lessons in Sustainable Landscapes and Livelihoods - 18 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro
Do you believe in the importance of investing in an integrated landscape approach that improves agricultural productivity and rural livelihoods, while also addressing threats to forests, water, and biodiversity? Then make plans now to attend Agriculture and Rural Development Day at Rio+20!
The purpose of the 4th Agriculture and Rural Development Day is to ensure that the vision for a sustainable green economy includes clear steps for building a sustainable food system.
The half-day event will give voice to a wide cross section of people working on land, food and sustainability. Learning events will explore concrete cases of success that could translate into a thorough transformation of the global food system.
Additionally you may register to attend an afternoon event on the same day, hosted by CGIAR, a global research partnership of 15 Centers that focus on sustainable development research. Together with Brazilian partner Embrapa, CGIAR will hold an afternoon set of sessions with a focus on Science for a Food Secure Future. More information at http://consortium.cgiar.org
Mark your calendars for our next live video science seminar on 18 April 2012, 14:30 Central European Summer Time (Convert Time Zone). We are proud to present Professor Karen Garrett from the Department of Plant Pathology, Kansas State University, who will present research on managing pests and disease in a changing climate.
The seminar will include a question and answer session after the initial presentation where online viewers can participate via chat. The seminar will be live streamed from the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Science.
We must look at the whole landscape if we want to achieve climate-smart agriculture. Lini Wollenberg, who leads research on Pro-poor climate change mitigation for the CGIAR Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) program, explores how a whole-landscape approach can help us ensure that efforts for adaptation and mitigation of climate change in agriculture, can also help meet agricultural production, food security, and sustainable development objectives.
[T]he context of agriculture-forest interactions and social and agroecological capacity for agricultural intensification is a key factor in developing climate smart landscapes. Landscapes afford flexibility in trade-offs between adaptation and mitigation, livelihoods and biodiversity. Understanding these trade-offs will be essential, as will appropriate institutional arrangements for landscape-level management.
Written by Jeff Haskins and Dan Klotz
Last year’s record flooding in the Chao Phraya River’s watershed caused $40 billion in damages and left one third of Thailand—including parts of Bangkok, the capital and largest city—underwater for weeks. The prolonged media coverage, however, completely drowned out most recollections of the record drought that the country experienced in 2010.
For Thailand, managing the agricultural challenges presented by climate change means planning to handle both too much water and too little. One solution, Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR), sets aside land in upstream areas of major rivers to “capture” floodwater and direct it into natural underground aquifers. With fully “charged” aquifers, farmers could then maintain rice yields during dry spells. Read more »
In an editorial published on 6 April, the New York Times endorses the recommendations from the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change, noting that the report "illustrates the complexity of the problem and makes clear that action must be taken soon to address it." The editorial highlights some of the complex but urgent challenges for food and farming:
These are complex goals that require a new vision of how we farm and how we eat, a vision of how to take better care of this planet’s biological resources and live equitably within our planetary means.
Read the full story on the NYTimes.com: Sustainably Feeding a Changing World
Written by Jeff Haskins and Dan Klotz
How do you adapt agriculture to climate change? The first point driven home by M.V.K. Sivakumar, Director of the World Meteorological Association’s Climate Prediction and Adaptation Branch, and Dr. Takeshi Horie, President of the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) of Japan, is the importance of getting practical information in the hands of the farmers.
Dr. Sivakumar and Dr. Horie made their points at “Climate Smart Agriculture in Asia: Research and Development Priorities,” a conference convened in Bangkok this week by the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutes (APAARI), the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
“The global availability of food has increased with time,” said Dr. Sivakumar, “but the number of hungry and malnourished still remains large. Food demands are increasing, climate demands are increasing, natural disasters are increasing in number and size.” Read more »
CCAFS Coordinating Unit - University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Science, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Rolighedsvej 21, DK-1958 Frederiksberg C, Denmark, phone +45 35331046; Email ccafs [at] cgiar [dot] org, EAN 5790000279012
Lead Center - International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)