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The CCAFS Challenge Program and its DAPA connection

A little update for those of you that are not familiar with yet…

The CGIAR Challenge Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) is a new 10-year research initiative which addresses the most pressing and complex challenge to food security in the 21st century and brings together the world’s best researchers in agricultural science and Earth system science, through the union of the complementary strengths of the CGIAR system and the Earth System Science Partnership.

Its overall goal is to overcome the additional threats posed by a changing climate to achieving food security, enhancing livelihoods and improving environmental management.

In order to do this researchers will generate new knowledge and tools that explain changes in climate and new models to forecast what the changes might be. These explanations and forecasts will lead to a better awareness of the implications of actions that could be taken to adapt to climate change or mitigate climate change.

CCAFS three overall objectives are:

  1. To close critical gaps in knowledge of how to enhance – and manage the trade-offs between – food security, livelihood and environmental goals in the face of a changing climate.
  2. To develop and evaluate options for adapting to a changing climate to inform agricultural development, food security policy and donor investment strategies.
  3. To enable and assist farmers, policymakers, researchers and donors to continually monitor, assess and adjust their actions in response to observed and anticipated changes in climate.

CCAFS research will build on the ongoing activities of both GCIAR and ESSP communities, but will go beyond core centre research or what is feasible under a system-wide program within the CGIAR, by opening new avenues of interaction and synergy that will prove to be essential in tackling this most complex and urgent of global challenges.

CCAFS research is structured around six Themes, two of which address Adaptation. Theme 4 addresses Adaptation pathways based on managing current climate risk whereas Theme 5 focuses on Adaptation pathways under progressive climate change.

Both teams will identify, develop and evaluate instruments, technologies, practices and partnerships needed to decrease the vulnerability of food systems and enable them to prosper under a variable and changing climate


Theme 5 ‘Adaptation pathways under progressive climate change’ is co-lead by (our) Andy (Leader of the DAPA Program here in CIAT) and Andy Challinor (Institute for Climate and Atmosphere Science, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds).

Three specific objectives of our Theme are:

  • Design adapted farming systems for changing climate conditions in space and time through the development of improved crops, livestock and natural resources management technologies and tools
  • Development of strategies for breeding for future climatic conditions, variability and extremes, including novel climates
  • Targeted identification and enhanced deployment and conservation of species and genetic diversity (crops, livestock, fish, trees) for increased resilience and productivity under conditions resulting from climate change.

The implementation of our 2010 workplan is ongoing, so we’ll keep you posted on news and progresses !

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