New Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change

Screen shot 2011-03-15 at 13.30.29The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has convened a Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change.

By the end of the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol in 2012, a new international framework needs to have been negotiated and ratified, to continue commitments to stabilising greenhouse gas emissions. Over the next ten months leading up to the next UNFCCC climate change negotiations, thirteen eminent scientists and economists from around the world will work to synthesize major studies to help guide policymakers towards making the best decisions for dealing with the problem of climate change. Other policy targets include the G20 and Rio+20 Earth Summit.

UK Chief Science Advisor Sir John Beddington will chair the Commission and the commissioners making up the group will represent all major regions of the world and have scientific backgrounds in agriculture, climate, ecology, economics, trade and nutrition.

The commission will focus on:

  • All countries in the world, and not exclusively developing countries
  • Engaging with information users, attempting to link international, regional and national policy processes.
  • The economics of climate change in agriculture
  • Studying the institutional barriers to proper uptake of science

On YouTube you can watch the new commissioners discussing their hopes for the research project.

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