3rd Global Science Conference “Climate Smart Agriculture 2015”

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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. 

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Presentations and posters from CCAFS collaborators

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

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:

03/16 14:00-15:00 Maggie OpondoUniversity of Nairobi
03/1614:00-15:00Climate-smart agriculture in South Asia: Opportunities and constraints in scaling outPramod AggarwalCCAFS
03/1616:30-18:00Potential for taking climate smart agricultural practices to scale: Examples from Sub-Saharan AfricaKindie TesfayeCIMMYT
03/1616:30-18:00Changing rainfall pattern in Northeast Thailand and implications for cropping systems adaptationGuillaume Lacombe IWMI
03/1616:30-18:00Development of climate resilient villagesSikka AkIndian Council of Agricultural Research
03/1616:30-18:00Integrated rice-shrimp as a smart strategy to cope with climate change in the Mekong Delta, VietnamTu Trinh QuangRIA
03/1616:30-18:00Practices and enabling conditions for climate-smart agriculture: current status in seven countries in Latin AmericaBouroncle ClaudiaCATIE
03/1709:00-11:00Food security and food systemsSonja VermeulenCCAFS
03/1714:00-15:00Will Sustainable intensification get us to 2 degrees?Lini WollenbergUniversity of Vermont, CCAFS
03/1714:00-15:00Facing climatic variability and extremesRobert ZougmoréICRISAT
03/1714:00-15:00Developing and evaluating climate-smart practices and servicesBruce CampbellCCAFS
03/1716:30-18:00Climate readiness in smallholder agricultural systems: Lessons learned fro REDD+Monika ZurekClimate Focus
03/1716:30-18:00Assessing low emissions agricultural pathways under alternative climate policy regimesUlrich KleinwechterIIASA
03/1716:30-18:00Climate-smart coffee systems in East AfricaLaurence JassogneIITA
03/1716:30-18:00Prioritizing Climate-Smart Agricultural Interventions at Multiple Spatial and Temporal ScalesParesh ShirsathIWMI
03/1716:30-18:00Utilization of ex situ collections and climate analogues for enhancing adaptive capacity to climate changeSunil ArchakICAR
03/1808:30-09:30A business approach to poverty reduction: weather index based insurance and climate smart agricultureHelen GreatrexIRI
03/1811:00-12:30DSS for monitoring agro-meteorological and crop conditions in India using remote sensing for agro-advisory servicesVinay SehgalIndian Agricultural Research Institute
03/1811:00-12:30Can citizen science accelerate climate adaptation by poor farming households?Jacob van EttenBioversity International
03/1811:00-12:30Smallholders’ coffee and cocoa agroforestry systems, examples of climate-smart agriculturePhilippe VaastCIRAD, ICRAF
03/1811:00-12:30Managing trade-offs in climate-smart landscapes: A global analysis at multiple levelsBruno LocatelliCIRAD-CIFOR
03/1811:00-12:30Climate-Smart Landscapes: Multifunctionality in PracticePeter A MinangICRAF


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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