Side event to the Thirteenth Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA13), FAO. Scientists from CGIAR Centres and partnering organizations will introduce CCAFS and describe research investigating the role of agrobiodiversity to adapt agricultural production systems, particularly in developing countries, to climate change.
The current famine engulfing the Horn of Africa and threatening the lives of nearly 13 million people continues to dominate discussions about development worldwide. As relief efforts continue, experts and stakeholders from the region will gather in Nairobi to discuss longer-term evidence-based solutions and interventions needed to avert the profound effects of predicted extreme weather events in the future.
The first edition of the Wageningen Soil Meetings will address the importance of soil scientific knowledge for global issues.
The Wageningen Soil Meetings aim to provide a platform for:
To help bridge the gap between climate science and agricultural science, CCAFS is holding a capacitation workshop on how to use climate scenarios, modelling, and analogue tools to build the resilience of agricultural production systems. The workshop, titled "Using Climate Scenarios and Analogues for Designing Adaptation Strategies in Agriculture," will be held on 19-23 September in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev Africa) Programme calls for the organization of an annual conference which serves as an annual stakeholder forum on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA). The ClimDev Africa Programme is a joint initiative of the African Union Commission (AUC), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).
The Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture will bring together world experts on climate-smart agriculture to provide a synthesis of the current state of knowledge in order to deliver a set of findings based on multi-disciplinary science and best practices.
One of the great challenges for the 21st century will be to ensure that the global food supply is able to meet sustainably the needs of an unprecedented number of people and to withstand the difficulties posed by climate change. Success in meeting this challenge will require a steady stream of technical and institutional innovations geared towards increasing food production as well as successful adaption to changing climatic conditions.
Can we meet the food, water and energy needs of a growing population with increasing food prices, rising costs of energy, water scarcity and mass migration? The CGIAR Challenge Program for Water and Food (CPWF) represents one of the most comprehensive investments in the world on water, food and environment research. Through the paradigm of looking at resilience, water productivity and multiple-use, it offers a new approach to natural resources management research and potential solutions to the food and water crisis.
Global Trends such as population growth and rising economic prosperity are expected to increase demand for energy, food and water which will compromise the sustainable use of natural resources. Besides positive effects, this pressure on resources could finally result in shortages which may put water, energy and food security for the people at risk, hamper economic development, lead to social and geopolitical tensions and cause lasting irreparable environmental damage.
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)