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Climate, Agriculture and Food Security: a CGIAR manifesto

CGIAR Report Front Cover

At COP15 in December, the CGIAR launched a report about its work on climate change and agriculture, giving a very comprehensive summary of ongoing research within the centres as well as a strategy for the future.  CIAT figures prominently, with descriptions of our work on modelling the impacts of climate change on crop production and crop wild relatives, the development of drought tolerant beans, the Quesungual slash and mulch system, and biological nitrification inhibition (BNI) for mitigating climate change in pastures.  The report also contains a number of spectacular photos from CIAT’s Neil Palmer.  It is quite amazing to see the amount of work that is going on  in the CGIAR with respect to climate change, and undoubtedly efforts will increase over the coming years.

The document also presents a strategy for the future, centered around the Challenge Program for Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).  CIAT will be working very closely with CCAFS on a range of issues, and our very own Andy Jarvis is co-leading Theme 5 on Adapting to Progressive Climate Change with Dr. Andy Challinor from the University of Leeds.  For a brief description of the CCAFS strategy, there is a brochure, and for a complete description of the program there is a more lengthy report.  You’ll be hearing more about progress with CCAFS Theme 5 on this blog over the coming months.

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