The purpose of this workshop, organized by the CGIAR program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food security (CCAFS) with its partners at the Society for International Development and the PANOS network for development journalism, is to bring together key private sector and civil society actors from the East African region to explore strategic planning for the future of food security, environments and livelihoods under crucial socio-economic and climate uncertainties. To do this, these key regional actors will develop a strategic vision and explore feasible strategies towards this vision by testing them using scenarios of plausible alternate futures. The workshop provides an excellent opportunity for private sector and civil society members to learn about strategic planning and to develop new regional partnerships.
The Global Donor Platform for Rural Development invites you to a dialogue on Food Security and Climate Change featuring members of the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change. The dialogue will be streamed live at donorplatform.org/livestream at 13:30 Central European Summer Time. You can also join live via twitter @donorplatform.
Achieving Food Security in the Face of Climate Change: the Critical Role of Global Donors Marion Guillou – via videolink
The Adaptation Learning Program (ALP) implemented by CARE International and the Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security, CCAFS-EA programme recently discussed the number of adaptation programmes in Kenya and the East Africa region which have a focus on learning at national to regional levels. We recognized that agreeing on a more strategic approach on how we engage as national to regional adaptation learning actors (practitioners, scientists and policy makers) over the coming two years or so would enable a greater collective impact and added value in terms of effective adaptation knowledge and practice than each programme alone. Through sharing plans and objectives for learning and policy engagement this group of programmes could develop a collective/common impact pathway for learning activities in the region to be better focused, coordinated and purposeful. The aim is for coordinated shared learning and more collaborative work through a series of learning activities, events and products with a longer term purpose, avoiding potential duplication and overload of actors with too many ad hoc learning events. An idea arose to discuss this issue further and develop a common framework, outputs and outcomes of a collective learning process.
The Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development is a major five-day event in the days just prior to the Rio+20 conference in Rio de Janeiro. Organised by the International Council for Science (ICSU), in partnership with UNESCO, the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, the Forum aims to provide a platform for the science, technology and innovation (STI) community to highlight key messages within the Rio+20 context, and to enter into dialogue with policy-makers and other stakeholders.
The meeting is arranged by the Agro-Ecological Network, the Network for Programmatic Climate Change in Developing Countries, and the Growth and Employment Platform, Building Stronger Universities (BSU)
Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) is a new concept that is being promoted as part of a solution to climate change. CSA has gained widespread support in organizations such as FAO and the World Bank, and was backed by a number of heads of states and the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan at COP17.
By 2050 the world’s population will have reached 9 billion. The challenges to feed this growing population are unprecedented—requiring more than a second green revolution. With climate change, global yields in 2050 could decrease by 20-30 percent if we cannot bring good agricultural practices, new technologies, farming methods, and supporting institutions to the world’s farmers. ‘Sustainable intensification’ refers to a range of approaches for boosting agricultural production while reducing negative environmental impacts on agriculture. These will be critical as pressures rise on soil, water, and biodiversity. However, despite the 2008 food crisis and environmental changes, public investments in agricultural research and extension are still among the lowest in decades. There is also the challenge of meeting the needs of a diverse range of farming systems and farmers around the world, including risk management, asset-building, and profitability. In the context of the ongoing debate as to which potential farming methods and technologies offer the greatest promise for investment and scale up, this panel will examine the contribution of sustainable agriculture sustainable intensification to agricultural productivity and resilience in the near and long term and how this contribution can be estimated and tracked.
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 or follow online the 4th Agriculture and Rural Development Day at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20.
To ensure that forests are kept high on the global agenda, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) will coordinate one of the most important conferences on forests alongside the Rio+20 summit. Forests: The 8th Roundtable at Rio+20 will discuss new research findings – and remaining knowledge gaps - and their policy implications for integrating forests into the solutions to a number of key challenges to progress toward a green economy: Energy, Food and Jobs, Water, and Climate.
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) is being organized in pursuance of General Assembly Resolution 64/236. The Conference will take place in Brazil on 20-22 June 2012 to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg. It is envisaged as a Conference at the highest possible level, including Heads of State and Government or other representatives. The Conference will result in a focused political document.
In order to integrate the work of CCAFS themes and research as well as non-research partners, CCAFS has established six learning sites across four countries, where place-based research will be conducted in Kenya (Nyando and Wote), Uganda (Hoima and Rakai), Tanzania (Lushoto) and Ethiopia (Borana). The learning sites were chosen to represent areas that are becoming both drier and wetter, and are focal locations where participatory action research (PAR) efforts are expected to generate results that can be applied and adapted to other regions worldwide. Read more about where we work here.
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)