Climate change: expert scientists to lead calls for sustainable agriculture

11 March, 2011 by (comments)

A newly-formed team of expert scientists is to promote the critical role of sustainable agriculture in combating the effects of climate change on food production, aiming to influence major international policy debates in 2011.

Led by the UK government’s chief scientific adviser Sir John Beddington, the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change, brings together 13 leading senior scientists in agriculture, climate, food and nutrition, economics, and the environment. Click to watch Professor Beddington and other members of the Commission speaking about the launch.

During the next ten months the Commission will aim to build a global consensus on the importance of sustainable agriculture in tackling the mounting and inter-related problems of climate change, food insecurity, poverty and greenhouse gas emissions, and make recommendations on how the findings should be implemented. Its findings will be targeted at key international events, such as the COP17 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, which starts in November.

The Commission is part of the CGIAR’s recently-launched multi-million dollar Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) research program, which, in partnership with the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP), aims to help small farmers adapt to the challenges of climate change. Click to see the official announcement.

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