Biotech Updates

CGIAR Response to Climate Change

January 7, 2011

The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) launched a new initiative to cope with climate change and its impacts on agriculture and on global food security. The program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) is a joint effort of CGIAR, the Earth System Science Partnership, and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture.

"This program represents a bold and concerted effort to confront the complex challenges that agriculture faces today," said Inger Andersen, CGIAR Fund Chair and Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank. "It builds on 40 years of CGIAR research, including notable achievements in the development of hardier crop varieties, better ways to manage natural resources and powerful tools for analyzing the impacts of a changing climate."

CCAFS partners will identify technologies and policies for climate change adaptation and mitigation that are suitable for poor, smallholder farmers. Efforts will be done to refine models used to predict the impacts of a changing climate on agriculture and livelihoods, and identify ways to select hardier crop varieties and livestock breeds.

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