The University of California, Davis, will host the second Climate-Smart Agriculture Global Science Conference on March 20-22, 2013. Co-organized by UC Davis and the World Bank, this follows on the first Climate-Smart Agriculture Conference held at Wageningen in the Netherlands in 2011.
The conference organizers recognize that climate change is occurring more rapidly than anticipated, and the increase in extreme weather events threatens more disruptive effects to agriculture.
Conference participants will discuss science-based actions that can provide resilience for food systems and ecosystems in agricultural landscapes despite the future uncertainty of climate change and extreme events.
At the 2011 Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture in Wageningen, participants took stock of global science and best practices concerning climate smart agriculture worldwide. Participants agreed on a broad agenda for action for science and policy to strengthen food security, adaptation and mitigation (Wageningen Declaration).
The 2013 Conference agenda builds on that consensus focusing on three main themes: farm and food systems, landscape and regional issues, and the integrative and transformative institutional and policy aspects that will bridge across scales to link science and practice to ensure food security, poverty alleviation and multiple ecosystem services.