Ag Sector Council 6th Anniversary: Top Seminars on Climate
To mark the 6th Anniversary of the Agriculture Sector Council Seminar Series, the Agrilinks team is taking a look back at our most popular and useful content. Did you know that all Ag Sector Council seminars from June 2009 onwards are archived on Agrilinks? We encourage you to browse for a past event that interests you!
The Ag Sector Council audience has been eager to discuss the realities of climate change and how it will impact smallholder farmer livelihoods. A climate-smart approach to agricultural development programs will be necessary to protect and increase agricultural yields, build resilience to drought and other environmental extremes, and develop opportunities to mitigate climate change through agriculture.
These four archived seminars provide a range of perspectives on climate change and approaches to ensuring climate-smart development. Click on the seminar titles below to access recordings, transcripts and additional resources.
December 2014 | Integrating Landscape Management into Climate-Smart Agriculture
Presenters: Christopher Delgado (World Resources Institute), Christine Negra (EcoAgriculture Partners)
The recently-released New Climate Economy project report was featured at this seminar, with an emphasis on the Land Use chapter. The speakers discussed climate-smart ag, landscape management polic, and pathways for cutting annual, global greenhouse gas emissions through land-use interventions.
February 2014 | Are Farmers Willing to Pay for Drought-Tolerant Rice? Evidence from Bihar and Other Policy Research Priorities for Cereal Farming Systems in South Asia
Presenters: Patrick Ward and David Spielman (International Food Policy Research Institute)
At this seminar, two presenters from IFPRI discussed a recent study examining farmers’ willingness to pay for drought-tolerant rice in three drought-prone districts in rural India. Risk aversion and loss aversion affected the way farmers viewed different seed attributes. The study's findings have implications for future public and private sector research and development investments in drought-tolerant technologies.
February 2013 | Agriculture Extension and Advisory Services under the New Normal of Climate Change
Presenters: Brent Simpson (Michigan State University), Gaye Burpee (Catholic Relief Services)
As climate change shifts agricultural needs and practices, extension and advisory service (EAS) providers will be called upon to serve both as the critical link between farmers and sources of information and tools, and as the facilitators of widespread behavioral adaptation. The presenters discussed how persistent problems, past failures and new challenges within EAS provisioning have the potential to converge in a perfect storm as the scramble to adapt to the new normal of life under climate change intensifies.
June 2010 | Opportunities, Challenges & Lessons Learned from Conservation and Development Programs in the Field: A Series on Integrating Climate Change & NRM into Feed the Future #1
Presenters: Kevin Kamp (CARE USA), Julie Kunen (USAID), Michael Painter (Wildlife Conservation Society)
This event kicked off a special series of events on integrating climate change and natural resources management (NRM) into Feed the Future. Experiences and best practices were shared from existing food security programs in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. The speakers illustrated the linkages between long-term sustainability of food systems; resilience of the poor; and soil, water and natural resource protection.