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Transforming food systems under a changing climate

Since the term climate-smart agriculture (CSA) was coined in 2010, the biannual global science conferences on CSA have emerged as the key global forum for scientific exchange to underpin CSA implementation.

The conference will build on the lessons from the previous conferences held in South Africa, France, USA and the Netherlands, with the overarching theme, ‘Transforming food systems under a changing climate’, and will be held for the first time in Asia.

This is not your usual science conference.

For a transformation to succeed, creativity, disruption and change are required. We invite stakeholders, entrepreneurs and game changers from all sectors to join us in taking action.

The conference will aim to achieve the following objectives:

  • To mobilise the knowledge needed for food systems transformation under climate change.
  • To catalyse the partnerships needed for transformation, bringing together all key stakeholders, from scientists, policy makers, investors and farmers.

Conference theme

Agricultural development can be slow and uneven, often not reaching the people who are most vulnerable and in pockets of deep, entrenched poverty. It is further hindered by climate change, which disproportionally affects agriculture and threatens the achievement of SDG targets on food security and poverty. In order to achieve food security, increase productivity, alleviate poverty among rural communities, build resilience to climate change and other stresses, and reduce agricultural emissions, a complete transformation in agriculture is needed over the next decade, going beyond business as usual and piecemeal short-term projects.

The overarching theme of the 5th conference, ‘Transforming food systems under a changing climate, takes cognizance of the need for transformation and aims to build the knowledge base needed to support the transformation required.