COP23 side event: Tapping into genetic diversity for food security in a 4 degrees warmer world

Event Date and time


The Crop Trust, Platz Der Vereinten Nationen 7, Bonn 6

Although the Paris Climate Agreement aims to keep global temperature rise to well below 2°C, the scientific community does not rule out the possibility of temperatures rising to 4°C. The IPCC’s 5th assessment report found that even if current mitigation commitments and pledges are fully implemented, there is a 20% likelihood of exceeding 4°C by 2100. The report also found that global temperature increases of 4°C, combined with the growing demand for food would threaten global food security. While efforts are underway to mitigate emissions and adapt to a 2°C increase in temperature, it is important to explore options to transform agricultural systems in the face of greater increases in temperature. Genetic resources for food and agriculture, will play a key role in helping adapt to global temperature increases. This event aimed to explore the role of genetic resources in climate change adaptation, specifically identifying the current state of play, capturing best practices, and developing a research and action agenda on the role of genetic resources in securing global food security in a a 4°C warmer world.


10:00 - 10:05

Welcome, event objectives, introduction to speakers

Margret Thalwitz, Board Chair, Chair, Executive and Finance Committee, ICARDA

Opening presentations

10:05 - 10:15

Genebanks, status, threats, and role in climate adaptation

Charlotte Lusty, Genebank Platform Coordinator, Crop Trust

10:15 - 10:25

Success stories: from genetic resource to climate adaptation

Andy Jarvis, Flagship Leader, Climate-smart Technologies and Practices, CCAFS

10:25 - 10:35

Policies and business models for genetic resources access and conservation

Thomas Meier, Senior Advisor, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Germany

10:35 - 10:45

Challenges and opportunities in a 4 degrees warmer world in dry areas

Aly Abousabaa, Director General, ICARDA

10:45 - 11:20

Moderated Q&A with the audience

Moderator: Luigi Guarino, Director of Science and Programs, Crop Trust

11:20 - 11:30

Final remarks and wrap up

Luigi Guarino, Director of Science and Programs, Crop Trust

This event is part of the Agriculture advantage: the case for climate action in agriculture, an initiative and collaboration effort between different organizations with the mission to transform agricultural development in the face of climate change. Click here to see the series of events at COP23.

View the full list of CCAFS events at COP23 in Bonn.