Climate-smart agriculture seeks to increase productivity while reducing contributions to climate change. Success is essential in order to provide enough food for the world’s population and to mitigate environmental damage. The World Bank, FAO and the e-Agriculture community invite you to explore how information and communication technologies (ICT) can support "green growth" and climate-smart agriculture. ICT holds real promise in two particular areas: as tools for land use planning and management; and, as risk management tools for climate change adaptation. This will be the focus of the two week online discussion.
Every three years since 1997, the World Water Forum mobilises creativity, innovation, competence and know-how in favour of water. It gathers all stakeholders around today’s local, regional and global issues that cannot be undertaken without all stakeholders into a common framework of goals and concrete targets to reach. The goal of the 6th World Water Forum is to tackle the challenges our world is facing and to bring water high on all political agendas. There will be no sustainable development while the water issues remain unsolved.
Women farmers represent more than a quarter of the world’s population. Women comprise, on an average, 43 per cent of the agricultural work force in developing countries, ranging from 20 per cent in Latin America to 50 per cent in Eastern Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Yet women have less access than men to agriculture related assets, inputs and services. Had they enjoyed the same access to productive resources as men, women could boost yield by 20-30 per cent; raising the overall agricultural output in developing countries by two and a half to four per cent. This gain in production could lessen the number of hungry people in the world by 12-17 per cent, besides increasing women’s income.
Planet Under Pressure: New knowledge towards solutions is a major international science conference focusing on solutions to the global sustainability challenge. The conference is co-organied by the Earth Systems Science Partnership (ESSP) a core partner in the CGIAR Climate Program.
During the Planet under Pressure Conference, the Center for International Forestry Research, will organize a conference session on "Securing global biodiversity: a human imperative for a sustainable planet". Despite the global commitment to the Convention on Biological Diversity and over a century of conservation action, the loss of biodiversity continues apace with likely impacts on ecosystem services and human wellbeing. A new conservation paradigm is required if biodiversity is to be retained and the needs of a rapidly increasing human population are to be met.
This session will explore transformational options for feeding a growing world population and developing agriculture to fight poverty while remaining within the guardrails of two planetary boundaries: water and greenhouse gas emissions. Presentations cover the global to village scale, and include models and case studies.
This session will focus on the main challenges of the integration of scientific disciplines within the context of global change. The main goal of the session is to enable open discussions with conference participants, to exchange experiences and develop ideas about best integrated research practices, and how to help contribute to providing solutions to the grand challenges of global sustainability.
In relation to the Planet under Pressure conference in London, UK, Bioversity International will organise a live webcast and chat on ‘Agricultural Biodiversity and our Planet’. The expert panel consists of Emile Frison, Bruce Cogill, Fabrice DeClerck and Stephan Weise. They will respond to questions and comments about how agricultural biodiversity can contribute to the global sustainability challenge and improve nutrition and livelihoods in smallholder farming communities.
Focused on the information needs of communities most at risk, this conference session shares learning from efforts to strengthen effective dialogue between providers and users of climate information. Presenters from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, South and North America will explain their approaches, inviting participants to join small-group discussions. A final plenary will identify those approaches which have proven most effective.
How do we manage agricultural landscapes to achieve poverty reduction, increased food production, and also support biodiversity, natural resources and their associated ecosystem services? This session, which will be held during the Planet under Pressure Conference in London, UK, is designed to understand the tradeoffs between different ecosystem services, and to translate this knowledge into action toward more sustainable and resilient pathways through both public and private actors.
The Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change synthesized existing research to produce a set of specific policy recommendations for achieving food security in the context of climate change. Led by Commission Chair, Sir John Beddington, and featuring presentations by Commissioners Dr. Molly Jahn, Prof. Tekalign Mamo and Dr. Bob Scholes. This session, which will be held during the Planet under Pressure Conference in London, UK, will engage participants to identify further opportunities to integrate recommended policy actions and investments into key venues.
Subsistence farmers are among the most vulnerable to current climate variability due to their overall lack of income, access to markets, lack of information and technology and thus their ability to cope with weather extremes. Agroforestry, or the intentional use of trees in the cropping system, has been proposed by many development practitioners as a potential strategy to help farmers reduce their vulnerability to climate change.
This session will focus on a series of future-orientated initiatives aimed at addressing today’s significant environmental changes and sustainability challenges, including sustainable energy, resource security, greener cities and the transformation of private enterprise. A panel discussion will focus on value and benefits of collaborative futures programmes.
If you are concerned with the coupled challenges of reducing greenhouse gas emissions while adapting to the impacts of climate change, and you have an interest in food supply chains, then this session will offer significant food for thought. Practitioners from the private sector will join researchers to share their insights. Following four keynote presentations, there will be an opportunity to question a panel of experts on how industry and research can respond to the twinned challenges of adaptation and mitigation, with particular reference to the implications for developing countries. This side-event will be held during the Planet Under Pressure (PuP) Conference, in London, UK.
This session explores the possibilities of using social protection to build resilience to climate change, addressing the following questions: How has social protection been used to reduce risk and vulnerability to climate change? What are the methodological challenges of targeting the most vulnerable? What kinds of policies need to be in place to build resilience over the next century?
This session will look into what types of paradigm shifts that are need to translate the rhetoric of "avoiding dangerous climate change" into effective policies and actions? This session brings together physical and social perspectives on the transformations considered necessary to meet unprecedented risks. The papers question some key assumptions of current approaches. Following presentations, a discussion will focus on alternative approaches to addressing climate change.
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)