3rd Global Science Conference “Climate Smart Agriculture 2015”

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Event Date and time


Le Corum, Montpellier, France

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 resea​rch:

Date Time Title Presenter Organization
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.

Further reading

The Montpellier Statement - Climate-Smart Agriculture: Towards Sustainable Landscapes and Food Systems. Mobilizing science for transitions

Déclaration de Montpellier - L’agriculture climato-intelligente: pour des territoires et des systèmes alimentaires durables. Mobiliser la science pour accompagner les transitions

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