Methods to sharing agricultural knowledge

At GACSA Annual Forum, AgMIP presents innovative platform for sharing solutions-oriented information

FIGURE 1 | Carolyn Mutter Presents the AgMIP Impacts Explorer during the Annual Forum; credit Giuseppe Carotenuto ©FAO
The Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (GACSA) hosted its Annual Forum in Rome at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Headquarters 12 – 14 December 2017. This year, the conference focused on the scaling up and implementation of climate-smart agriculture (CSA). The three-day event brought together over 200 participants from around the globe to share and strategize efforts to achieve the goals of obtaining CSA.

As a co-facilitator of the GACSA Knowledge Action Group, the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP) participated in a session entitled, “CSA: Solutions at the interface between knowledge and implementation.” The session included presentations from several members of the GACSA community and highlighted innovative approaches to Climate-Smart Agriculture. Presentations focused on solutions-oriented knowledge, showing how the added value of CSA can strongly modify farming practices.

During the plenary proceedings of the Knowledge Action Group, Carolyn Mutter, AgMIP International Program Manager, launched a beta version of the AgMIP Impacts Explorer. This dynamic and interactive visualization tool provides information on how agriculture will be shaped by the interacting forces of changing climate, socioeconomic development, and adaptation. Designed with inputs from decision makers, scientists, planners, information and technology experts, and other collaborators, the AgMIP Impacts Explorer showcases key findings and messages from multiple-model integrated assessments conducted by 7 research teams located in regions of Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

In addition, Alex De Pinto, Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), presented results on IFPRI and AgMIP Coordinated Global and Regional Assessments undertaken with Cynthia Rosenzweig, reminding GACSA attendees of the importance of understanding the forces that spans from global to local scales. This knowledge is essential to understand whether current actions are sufficient to meet the goals set up by the international community and to develop economically and politically sustainable policies.

FIGURE 2 | Alex de Pinto presents on IFPRI and AgMIP Coordinated Global And Regional Assessments; credit Giuseppe Carotenuto ©FAO
Each presentation allowed the participants in the Global Alliance to consider whether long-term outcomes will be met by the near-term action and implementation. It also allowed for dialog about the need for enabling capabilities across a chain of actors, with greater harmonization of information and action across global, continental, regional, national, watershed, district, and local scales.

Breakout discussion sessions and strategic planning session allowed for discourse on the framing principals for GACSA, as well as priority action areas for the coming year. A report on the findings and next steps will be issued by the FAO early in 2018.