Mega Programme Focuses on Building Food Security

Climate change represents an immediate and unprecedented threat to the food security of hundreds of millions of people who depend on small-scale agriculture and natural resource management for their livelihoods. At the same time, agriculture and forestry also contributes to climate change, by intensifying greenhouse gas emissions and altering the land surface.

To facilitate new research on the interactions between climate change, agriculture, natural resource management and food security, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP) have initiated a Mega Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). CCAFS will create unique possibilities in the search for solutions to climate change and food security problems.

"Many farmers in developing countries live in areas that are particularly affected by climate change. In order to secure better living conditions for the farmers, we need to find the right solutions to creating a stable food production that also takes into account the environment. The conference is an important part of that work,” says Torben Timmermann, deputy director for administration and communication in CCAFS, who helped organize the conference in World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi.

CCAFS is a large-scale 10-year research initiative which, from its start in 2010, will seek solutions to how to adapt the world’s agricultural areas to a different climate with new conditions for production and agriculture and help reduce agriculture’s emission of greenhouse gases. The Secretariat for CCAFS is placed at LIFE – Faculty of Life Sciences at University of Copenhagen. CCAFS will primarily focus on South Asia, West Africa and East Africa.

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