"Environmental Change and Sustainable Agricultural Systems"
Peter Gregory (SCRI), John Ingram (NERC/GECAFS) and Jean François
organisers of the ECSAS Workshop are very pleased with the
interest that has been shown in the workshop but due to the
pressures of numbers we have needed to close registration
for it. A report will be available to interested parties after
Climate Congress and Agriculture Day in Copenhagen in March
2009 demonstrated the importance of agriculture from the perspectives
of the foundation of food security, the interactions between
food, energy and water securities for human societies, and
its role both as a source and mitigating agent of greenhouse
gases in the atmosphere. However, the agricultural research
community is currently poorly coordinated in making its voice
heard in these international discussions.
A small group met in London in February 2010 to determine
whether there was any scope for an international programme
to increase the visibility of agricultural issues in relation
to the current debates about environmental change and food
security. The meeting agreed the need for such a programme
and that it should focus on sustainable agricultural systems
in the developed world, thereby complementing the work to
be carried out by the CGIAR Mega Program “Climate Change,
Agriculture and Food Security” (CCAFS) in the developing world.
The two endeavours would be closely coordinated. The new programme
would address specific challenges that would form part of
the developed world’s contribution to the global food challenge,
and the transfer of research and knowledge to developing countries
would be an important component of any work carried out. The
purpose of this Montpellier Workshop is to identify the research
areas that might form the core of this new programme.
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