By Cydney Gumann, Knowledge Management Specialist, Feed the Future Knowledge-Driven Agricultural Development (KDAD) Project
This post originally appeared on Agrilinks.
Climate change has the ability to impact every facet of human life. But arguably, one of the most severely affected sectors will be agriculture. In some parts of the world, the ramifications of a changing climate can already be seen in decreases to crop productivity and water availability and in increases to food prices. Without the knowledge and tools to mitigate and adapt to climate change, farmers in both developed and developing countries could face unprecedented losses, with far-reaching consequences. This is a global challenge and one that requires a global response.
On May 22, 2014, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs brought together during its annual symposium experts from academia, the public and private sectors, and numerous nongovernmental and international organizations to discuss these challenges, along with potential opportunities to help strengthen the global food supply chain. The theme of this year’s event was “Advancing Global Food Security in the Face of Weather Volatility and Climate Change.” The symposium kicked off with a presentation on a new report, released by The Chicago Council, which highlights the impact that climate change will have on food production in the coming decades and calls on the U.S. Government to take action.
Discussions held throughout the day focused on topics such as climate-smart food security, risk management, and coping strategies related to water stress. While many of these discussions highlighted the dire consequences of climate change on global food security, presenters offered some ways to move forward by emphasizing new and existing technologies and approaches that can help improve agricultural practices and make farmers more resilient.
Several of the speakers from the symposium shared their thoughts with Agrilinks about the topics covered throughout the event. Highlights from these interviews are available in the video above.
To learn more about this event, see videos of the presentations, and read the report, visit The Chicago Council on Global Affairs website.