December 7, 2018   •   News

‘International Conference on Agricultural GHG Emissions and Food Security’ – final summary report

The final summary report is now available from the ‘International Conference on Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Food Security – Connecting Research Policy & Practice’ focused on agricultural GHG emission reduction in light of climate change, sustainable agriculture, and food security.

The conference was held on the 10-13 September 2018 in Berlin, Germany, alongside the GRA Council meeting, and brought together approximately 300 scientists and stakeholders from government, public administration, industry and farmer organisations.  Thematic discussions brought together participants to discuss key challenges facing agricultural production and the reduction of GHG emissions from both a scientific and policy perspective identifying a key statements and recommendations for each topic.

A few key take away messages:

  • A greater focus on how to act upon scientific findings and implement scientific recommendations is needed
  • Move to a science of implementation, not just the science of options or measurement
  • More boldness in policy design: large-scale initiatives and learning
  • Co-designing solutions with farmers, investors, input suppliers, advisory services to mainstream mitigation is essential
  • For MRV regional data platforms, novel methods and information systems are promising solutions
  • Higher priority to reduce loss and waste: food and other resources – circularity
  • Ensuring effective policy coordination and coherence
  • political will – we need it all: top-down and bottom-up, good governance
  • Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture: science, practice and policy – all have a role to play

The conference was organised by the Global Research Alliance (GRA) and the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI) of the European Commission, in partnership with CGIAR-CCAFS and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture and supported by its Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries (Thünen Institute).

Each organisation presented to conference participants on their key research achievements and outcomes and provided a wrap up of the key outcomes from the conference. The organisations were represented by:

  • Hayden Montgomery (GRA Special Representative)
  • Hartmut Stalb (Chair of FACCE – JPI)
  • Bruce Campbell (CCAFS & CGIAR Representative); and
  • Lini Wollenberg (Flagship Leader of Low Emissions Development at CCAFS (USA))

 

Click here to view the final summary report. 

Alternatively, to learn more about the conference click here for the final summary slides.