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Climate Experts Tackle Food Security - Climate Change Challenge

May 7, 2010

Desertification, rising sea levels, depleted freshwater sources, and catastrophic natural disasters are some of the effects of climate change that crumble global food security and production. Thus, climate change researchers from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) have recognized adaptation and mitigation techniques for African and Asian farmers. Climate experts, scientists, policymakers and farmers tackled this food security-climate change challenge last May 4 at the World Agroforestry Center in Nairobi during the conference, 'Building Food Security in the Face of Climate Change.' This conference is a part of the Mega Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), which aims to create solutions to adapt the world's agriculture to the damaging effects of climate change, and also to reduce agriculture's contribution in the increasing emission of greenhouse gases.

"To ensure a better livelihood for farmers, we must find the right solutions to ensure a stable food production that respects the environment. The conference is an important part of the work, "says vice president of administration and communication in CCAFS, Torben Timmermann, who is co-organizer of the conference.  CCAFS is a ten-year joint program of Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP).

The original news article is available in Danish at http://www.life.ku.dk/Nyheder/2010/960_nairobi.aspx.