Livestock Modelers Meet for Workshop


From June 13 to 17, livestock modelers from the regional teams of West Africa, Southern Africa, Pakistan, Indo-Gangetic Basin, and Southern India convened at Wageningen University, in Wageningen, Netherlands, for a training workshop. The participants are being trained in the use of LivSim, a livestock production model. (more…)

AgMIP scientists participate in USDA-GEOGLAM workshop

By Greg Reppucci

Last week, the United States Department of Agriculture’s GEO Global Agricultural Modeling (USDA-GEOGLAM) hosted a workshop for scientists in Iowa. The USDA-GEOGLAM is part of an international Global Agricultural Monitoring effort to improve information regarding crop production and supply at the regional, national, and global scales.


Antle Contributes to Prominent USDA Report

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The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) “Climate Change, Global Food Security, and the U.S. Food System” report, co-authored by AgMIP principal investigator, John Antle, has officially been downloaded over a half-million times! Since its release it has averaged over 4700 downloads per day by people and organizations across the globe.


AgMIP at Adaptation Futures


Adaptation Futures is the biennial conference of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA). It is being held this week in Rotterdam, The Netherlands May 10-13. Several events have been organized of interest to the AgMIP community.


Side Sessions before and after AgMIP6


Side sessions will take place on the day before (June 27th) and the day after (July 1st) AgMIP6 at the SupAgro Campus in Montpellier. These side events will be comprised of workshops, training sessions, round tables, and general discussions that have been organized by the side event leaders.


Experts and Stakeholders attend AgMIP-South India RAPs workshop

By Dakshina Murthy

ICRISAT_IndiaMultidisciplinary experts deliberate the drivers of agricultural pathways for Andhra Pradesh, South India

On 21st April 2016, the first Representative Agricultural Pathways (RAPs) workshop for the state of Andhra Pradesh (AP), India was held at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), in Andhra Pradesh, India, and focused on the development of narratives and indicators for long-term agricultural changes in AP.


New for AgMIP6 – Crop Modeling of Low-Input Smallholder Systems

Photo: Farm in Kenya, Alex Ruane

By Marc Corbeels, Ken Boote and Carolyn Mutter

Smallholders systems are often characterized by low soil fertility due to limited use of fertilizer inputs and ongoing soil degradation. This affects how crop respond to climate change. But many crop models were created for high fertility cropping systems. How well do they work in other systems?


IFPRI Special Event – Coordinated Global and Regional Assessments

By James Oliver and Greg Reppucci

Photo: IFPRI

Pictured (L-R): Keith Wiebe (IFPRI), John Antle (Oregon State University), Cynthia E. Rosenzweig (NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies), and Mark Rosegrant (IFPRI)

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) hosted a special event, Climate Impact on Food and Nutrition Systems: Coordinated Global and Regional Assessments, on Monday, April 11th 2016 featuring a panel of experts from the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP). Panel members AgMIP Co-Principal Investigators, Cynthia Rosenzweig and John Antle, along with IFPRI senior research scientist and AgMIP global economics co-leader, Keith Wiebe presented the latest efforts of AgMIP including a new initiative, Coordinated Global and Regional Assessments (CGRA), followed by questions from the audience.


International Crop Modeling Symposium – New Opportunities

iCROPM_Group iCROPM2016 participants from 47 countries photo:V. Schrader ©ZALF

Submitted by K. J. Boote and Peter Thorburn Co-Leads AgMIP Crop Modeling

More than 300 scientists from 47 nations met in Berlin, Germany, during March 15-17, 2016 to exchange ideas on improvement and application of crop simulation models to better predict agricultural production and food security under global climate change. The symposium was co-organized by AgMIP (the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project) and MACSUR (Modelling European Agriculture with Climate Change for Food Security), and was locally hosted by the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) in Müncheberg, Germany. The organizing committee included representation from AgMIP (Kenneth Boote, University of Florida, and Peter Thorburn, CSIRO-Australia) and from MACSUR (Frank Ewert, ZALF, and Reimund Rötter, Finland). Dr. Claas Nendel, ZALF, was the responsible local host and organizer.


Elliott Speaks on Congressional Food Shocks Panel

By James Oliver

PanelSome of the more notable and adverse effects of climate change are weather extremes. These events occur on a much shorter time-scale than climatic shifts, but can be influenced by the overarching, changing climate of a region. Extreme phenomena can also have immediate and detrimental impacts on food systems in the areas affected. To present updated research on the frequency of extreme events, a panel of British and American scientists took part in a congressional briefing earlier this month.