This is NOT your usual science conference! 

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Agricultural development can be slow and uneven, often not reaching the people who are most vulnerable and in pockets of deep, entrenched poverty. It is further hindered by climate change, which disproportionally affects agriculture and threatens the achievement of SDG targets on food security and poverty. In order to achieve food security, increase productivity, alleviate poverty among rural communities, build resilience to climate change and other stresses, and reduce agricultural emissions, a complete transformation in agriculture is needed over the next decade, going beyond business as usual and piecemeal short-term projects. 
Since the term climate-smart agriculture (CSA) was coined in 2010, the biannual global science conferences on CSA have emerged as the key global forum for scientific exchange to underpin CSA implementation. Building on the lessons from the previous conferences, the overarching theme of the 5th conference, ‘Transforming food systems under a changing climate’, takes cognizance of the need for transformation and aims to build the knowledge base needed to support the transformation required.


For a transformation to succeed, creativity, disruption and change are required. We invite stakeholders, entrepreneurs and game changers from all sectors to join us in taking action.

The conference will aim to achieve the following objectives:

  • To mobilize the knowledge needed for food systems transformation under climate change.
  • To catalyze the partnerships needed for transformation, bringing together all key stakeholders, from scientists, policy makers, investors and farmers.

What to expect

During the conference there will be various activities, sessions, exhibitions and side-events. For the full program overview, click here

On day 1 and 2 of the conference, there will be thematic sessions based on the conference's six sub-themes. These include:

  • Sub-theme 1: Empowering farmer and consumer organizations, women and youth
  • Sub-theme 2: Digitally enabled climate-informed services
  • Sub-theme 3: Climate-resilient and low-emission practices and technologies
  • Sub-theme 4: Innovative finance to leverage public and private sector investments
  • Sub-theme 5: Reshaping supply chains, food retail, marketing and procurement
  • Sub-theme 6: Fostering enabling policies and institutions

Throughout the conference there will also be a cool innovations corner, a poster display and an exhibition of different institutions. Furthermore, there will be several official side-events next to the conference programWe'll also conclude the Compete2Innovate and the Design4CSA competitions with the announcement of the winners on Day 3. 


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