The AgMIP Kickoff Workshop was held October 28th-30th, 2010 at the Hilton Hotel Shareholders Theater in Long Beach, California. This Kickoff Workshop organized project activities, including the roles of the Crop Modeling, Economics, Climate Scenarios, and Information Technologies Teams, established AgMIP spatial and temporal coverage, and determined the crops and populations in focus.
AgMIP is a distributed climate-scenario simulation exercise for historical model intercomparison and future climate change conditions with participation of multiple crop and world agricultural trade modeling groups around the world. The goals of AgMIP are to improve substantially the characterization of risk of hunger and world food security due to climate change and to enhance adaptation capacity in both developing and developed countries.
AgMIP will place regional changes in agricultural production in a global context that reflects new trading opportunities, imbalances, and shortages in world markets resulting from climate change and other driving forces for food supply. A key aspect is to create capacity-building partnerships among agricultural crop and economic modelers around the world, enhancing the ability of each nation to evaluate current and future climate impacts and adaptations.
AgMIP will not only provide crucially-needed new global estimates of how climate change will affect food supply and hunger in the agricultural regions of the world, but it will also build the capabilities of developing countries to estimate how climate change will affect their own supply and demand for food.