Biotech Updates

Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Progam

May 13, 2010

The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP) have initiated a Mega Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). The Program is a large-scale ten-year research initiative that will "seek solutions on how to adapt the world's agricultural areas to a different climate with new conditions for production and agriculture and help reduce agriculture's emission of greenhouse gases." The Secretariat for CCAFS is based at the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Copenhagen.

"In the months and years to come, together with leading experts from the whole world, we will focus on developing tools to understand climate change with a view to making the world community ready to tackle the challenges we are facing. At the same time, Danish agricultural research will help contribute to solving the most important challenges in the future, climate change and food security", continues John Porter, Professor at LIFE and member of UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). CCAFS will focus on three regions: South Asia, West Africa and East Africa.

For more information on CCAFS, email Torben Timmermann at or visit the website