Seminar: Climate change mitigation and the future of food and agriculture

When: November 20th, 2018, 12:30 - 2 PM EST
Where: The World Bank, 701 18th St NW, Washington DC, J building, Room J 4-044

Forest landscape restoration in Ethiopia. Photo by Mokhamad Edliadi/CIFOR

Never has the food system been so closely examined in the context of climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The Intergovernmental Panel's on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (2018) calls on transitions in global and regional land use, making direct reference to sustainable intensification in the agriculture sector, ecosystem restoration, and changes towards less resource-intensive diets.

Recent scientific publications have also identified the critical combination of dietary changes alongside production practice improvements to keep the global food system within environmental limits. Others, however, have pointed out major challenges and the potential adverse effects of climate change mitigation policies on food security.

This seminar, organized jointly by the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) and the World Bank, will discuss latest evidence of relevance to all those engaged in food systems and climate change.

Keynote speaker:

Marco Springmann, Senior Researcher on Environmental Sustainability and Public Health, Oxford Martin Program for the Future of Food


Dolapo Enahoro, Agricultural Economist, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
Timothy Sulser, Scientist, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Timothy Searchinger, Research Scholar, Princeton University & World Resources Institute


Martien Van Nieuwkoop, Director, World Bank Group Agriculture Global Practice

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Presenters will discuss findings from a number of recent publications, including:

Contributions of livestock-derived foods to nutrient supply under changing demand in low- and middle-income countries (Enahoro et al, 2018, Global Food Security)

Risk of increased food insecurity under stringent global climate change mitigation policy (Hasegawa et al, 2018, Nature Climate Change)

Health and nutritional aspects of sustainable diet strategies and their association with environmental impacts: a global modelling analysis with country-level detail (Springmann et al, 2018, The Lancet Planetary Health)

Options for keeping the food system within environmental limits (Springmann et al, 2018, Nature)

Health-motivated taxes on red and processed meat: A modelling study on optimal tax levels and associated health impacts (Springmann et al, 2018, PLOS One)

Mitigation potential and global health impacts from emissions pricing of food commodities (Springmann et al, 2017, Nature Climate Change)

PIM supports this work under Flagship 1: Technological Innovation and Sustainable Intensification, Cluster 1.1: Foresight Modeling, as part of the Global Futures & Strategic Foresight (GFSF) project. Global Futures and Strategic Foresight is a CGIAR-wide initiative led by IFPRI and funded by the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). GFSF also gratefully acknowledges funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation during the first years of the program.



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