The conference aimed to strengthen a scientific community on climate-smart agriculture (CSA), contribute to the development of a global research agenda, update knowledge on CSA, and provide recommendations for policymakers.
The Montpellier global science conference on CSA:
- Will address key research issues, gather CSA facts and figures from developing and developed countries and support a collaborative effort with broad social participation. Special attention will be given to vulnerable countries and populations. It will therefore contribute to the strengthening of a CSA scientific community and will provide a further opportunity for developing a global research agenda.
- Will aim to reduce the science-policy gap. The conference takes place a few months before the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC, Paris, France, December 2015). The COP21 will be a milestone in the international climate negotiations, with the goal that all countries are committed by a universal binding climate agreement. It is hoped that the COP21 will witness a “paradigm shift” where the climate challenge is not any more a necessary "burden sharing" of emissions, but also an opportunity for job creation and wealth, inventing new patterns of production and consumption. Therefore the Montpellier CSA conference will be a unique opportunity for the research community to update knowledge on CSA and to provide recommendations for policymakers.
- Will pave the road for future cooperation initiatives to be taken in terms of joint and collaborative scientific efforts.
"The third Global Science Conference on Climate -Smart Agriculture (CSA)" is part of a process initiated in October 2010 in The Hague by the Government of the Netherlands, culminating in the recent launch of the Global Alliance on Climate-Smart Agriculture in New York, September 2014.
Key events featuring CCAFS research:
|03/16||14:00-15:00||Maggie Opondo||University of Nairobi|
|03/16||14:00-15:00||Climate-smart agriculture in South Asia: Opportunities and constraints in scaling out||Pramod Aggarwal||CCAFS|
|03/16||16:30-18:00||Potential for taking climate smart agricultural practices to scale: Examples from Sub-Saharan Africa||Kindie Tesfaye||CIMMYT|
|03/16||16:30-18:00||Changing rainfall pattern in Northeast Thailand and implications for cropping systems adaptation||Guillaume Lacombe||IWMI|
|03/16||16:30-18:00||Development of climate resilient villages||Sikka Ak||Indian Council of Agricultural Research|
|03/16||16:30-18:00||Integrated rice-shrimp as a smart strategy to cope with climate change in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam||Tu Trinh Quang||RIA|
|03/16||16:30-18:00||Practices and enabling conditions for climate-smart agriculture: current status in seven countries in Latin America||Bouroncle Claudia||CATIE|
|03/17||09:00-11:00||Food security and food systems||Sonja Vermeulen||CCAFS|
|03/17||14:00-15:00||Will Sustainable intensification get us to 2 degrees?||Lini Wollenberg||University of Vermont, CCAFS|
|03/17||14:00-15:00||Facing climatic variability and extremes||Robert Zougmoré||ICRISAT|
|03/17||14:00-15:00||Developing and evaluating climate-smart practices and services||Bruce Campbell||CCAFS|
|03/17||16:30-18:00||Climate readiness in smallholder agricultural systems: Lessons learned fro REDD+||Monika Zurek||Climate Focus|
|03/17||16:30-18:00||Assessing low emissions agricultural pathways under alternative climate policy regimes||Ulrich Kleinwechter||IIASA|
|03/17||16:30-18:00||Climate-smart coffee systems in East Africa||Laurence Jassogne||IITA|
|03/17||16:30-18:00||Prioritizing Climate-Smart Agricultural Interventions at Multiple Spatial and Temporal Scales||Paresh Shirsath||IWMI|
|03/17||16:30-18:00||Utilization of ex situ collections and climate analogues for enhancing adaptive capacity to climate change||Sunil Archak||ICAR|
|03/18||08:30-09:30||A business approach to poverty reduction: weather index based insurance and climate smart agriculture||Helen Greatrex||IRI|
|03/18||11:00-12:30||DSS for monitoring agro-meteorological and crop conditions in India using remote sensing for agro-advisory services||Vinay Sehgal||Indian Agricultural Research Institute|
|03/18||11:00-12:30||Can citizen science accelerate climate adaptation by poor farming households?||Jacob van Etten||Bioversity International|
|03/18||11:00-12:30||Smallholders’ coffee and cocoa agroforestry systems, examples of climate-smart agriculture||Philippe Vaast||CIRAD, ICRAF|
|03/18||11:00-12:30||Managing trade-offs in climate-smart landscapes: A global analysis at multiple levels||Bruno Locatelli||CIRAD-CIFOR|
|03/18||11:00-12:30||Climate-Smart Landscapes: Multifunctionality in Practice||Peter A Minang||ICRAF|
Mitigation in Focus
The CSA conference also features significant progress, innovations and opportunities in low emissions agriculture. See this table of mitigation-related presentations, several that result directly from CCAFS research.
The Montpellier Statement - Climate-Smart Agriculture: Towards Sustainable Landscapes and Food Systems. Mobilizing science for transitions