Events Climate Change, Agriculture, Water, and Food Security: What We Know and Don’t Know

May 8-9, 2018 MIT Endicott House Organizer: J-WAFS

Climate change is projected to place significant pressures on water supplies and will affect rainfall amounts and intensities, potentially restricting water availability for agriculture. Heat stress has a deleterious effect on crop production, and an increase in extreme temperature events limits the productive capability of current commercial plant species on which the population depends for food security. Climate impacts are geography specific, and solutions for mitigating climate change are region-dependent. Similarly, meeting the needs for food security must be contextualized by the prevailing economic, political, social, cultural and sovereignty conditions within countries.

This 2018 workshop on “Climate Change, Agriculture, Water, and Food Security: What We Know and Don’t Know” was a two-day J-WAFS workshop providing expert review of the current understanding of possible impacts of climate change on agriculture and food security. Both climate’s impact on agriculture and the impact of the agriculture sector on climate were considered, including changes to water availability, changes to food crop productivity, and changes in GHG emissions driven by food production.

The objective of the workshop was to identify what we know with confidence and questions that should be high priority for future research, with a focus on informing policy and setting the research agenda for future work.

A report of the workshop outcomes is available here. 

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MIT News Article