About the event

Despite decades of attention to agricultural development, poverty and food insecurity remain, especially amongst rural dwellers in lower- and middle-income countries. With climate change the challenges only increase and will further intensify as extreme events and variable weather patterns make small-scale production even more challenging. Transformational change in rural livelihoods is needed for climate change adaptation and poverty alleviation. Change needs to embrace the broader food system. Several elements will need to be acted on simultaneously: co-creating new knowledge, “renovating” existing but as-yet under-utilised scientific and indigenous knowledge, bringing near-ready (possibly disruptive) new technology to bear, and sharing knowledge between all stakeholders and levels in the food system.
The University of Leeds as part of its collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) hosts the Learning Platform on Partnerships and Capacity for Scaling Climate-Smart Agriculture at the Priestley International Centre for Climate. A major new effort of the Learning Platform is a global initiative, Transforming food systems under a changing climate, which aims to catalyse a transformation in food systems. In this seminar, which is chaired by Lindsay Stringer (Professor in Environment and Development, Sustainability Research Institute) the key findings from the synthesis report of this initiative will be shared by one of the authors, Philip Thornton (Flagship Leader of Priorities and Policies for CSA, CCAFS).



Description and speaker

12:00 – 12:10

Context setting – Lindsay Stringer

12:10 – 12:30

Transforming food systems under a changing climate to meet the Sustainable Development Goals – Philip Thornton

12:30 – 12:50

Q&A and discussion  

12:50 – 12:55

Leeds CCAFS collaboration and the Learning Platform, Andy Challinor

12:55 – 13:00

Closing– Lindsay Stringer