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

Lush field and dead rice plants in dry ground juxtoposition

May 8-9, 2018
MIT Endicott House
80 Haven Street
Dedham, MA 02026
For directions, follow this link to the location on Google Maps

This MIT Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab is a two-day workshop focused on the expert review of the current understanding of possible impacts of climate change on agriculture and food security. Both climate’s impact on agriculture and agriculture’s impact on climate will be considered, including changes to water availability, changes to food crop productivity, and changes in GHG emissions driven by food production.

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.

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

Materials for conference participants

For more information the expert workshop, presenter guidelines, participant logistics, or other questions, please contact Andi Sutton, J-WAFS Communications and Program Manager at arsutton [at] mit.edu.

Past J-WAFS Expert Workshops and Reports

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Workshop (November 13-14, 2014)


Low Carbon Desalination: Status and Research, Development, and Demonstration Needs (October 17-18, 2016)