International conference to tackle climate-change threats to agriculture
March 1, 2013
• Set for UC Davis this month
• “Scientists and policymakers must join forces”
Scientists and policymakers from around the world are scheduled to gather March 20-22 at the University of California, Davis, to grapple with threats of climate change to agriculture and recommend science-based actions to slow its effects while meeting the world’s need for food, livelihood and sustainability.
The Climate-Smart Agriculture Global Science Conference, planned in coordination with the World Bank, builds on a 2011 international meeting on this theme in the Netherlands.
“Climate change, which brings severe weather events and more subtle but equally menacing temperature changes, presents unprecedented challenges to the global community,” says UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi.
“In California, where we rely heavily on snowmelt for irrigation to grow half of our nation’s fruit and vegetables, we are acutely aware that scientists and policymakers must join forces to lessen the potential effects of climate change,” she says.
Conference topics will focus on the implications of cutting-edge agricultural, ecological and environmental research for improved design of policies and actions affecting agricultural management and development; identifying farm and food-system issues, determining research gaps; highlighting emerging research initiatives; and developing transformative policies and institutions.
The conference is supposed to conclude with participants developing and endorsing a declaration regarding the key research and policy messages that result from conference presentations and discussions. The declaration is expected to point toward science-based policies and actions for global agriculture that will mitigate climate change and encourage adaptation to maintain food security, livelihoods and biodiversity.