AgMIP at the ASA International Annual Meeting

agmip asa international annual meetingThe American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CCSA), and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) will host more than 4,000 scientists, professionals, educators, and students at the 2014 International Annual Meetings, “Grand Challenges – Great Solutions,” November 2-5, 2014, in Long Beach, CA. The events will take place primarily at the Long Beach Convention Center and the Hyatt Regency Long Beach Hotel.
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New IFPRI website features climate change & food policy

Photo: IFPRI/Ian Masias

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has launched a new website dedicated to climate change and food policy research and impacts. The website covers news, event updates, project profiles, and shares related materials from across their climate change research portfolio, including results from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and AgMIP. (more…)

GEOGLAM – AgMIP Joint Workshop Planned

Geoglam-AgMIPOn August 5, 2014 James W. Jones and Cynthia Rosenzweig (AgMIP Co-PI’s) attended a workshop hosted by the Global Agricultural Monitoring (GEOGLAM) in Beltsville, MD. The workshop brought together GEOGLAM and other agricultural research leaders to discuss both the current status of the US GEOGLAM initiative, and its future direction.

The goal of GEOGLAM is to strengthen the international community’s capacity to produce and disseminate relevant, timely and accurate forecasts of agricultural production at national, regional and global scales through the use of Earth Observations (EO), which include satellite and ground-based observations. (more…)

AgMIP Responds to President’s Climate Data Call to Action

WH-Data Today at the White House the Obama Administration invited leaders of technology and agricultural sectors to announce new public-private partnerships in order to advance the President’s Climate Data Initiative. AgMIP is pleased to announce its collaboration in several of these initiatives.

AgMIP and CIMSANS form partnership
In support of the White House Climate Data Initiative AgMIP and the Center for Integrated Modeling of Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition Security (CIMSANS) have formed a new public-private partnership on open data and open source code modeling to enhance the climate resilience of food systems along with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). (more…)

Bioenergy-Crop Model Initiative registration now open!

biofuels3 AgMIP is pleased to announce that the new Bioenergy-Crop Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project has just been launched!

The objective of the initiative, co-led by Gopal Kakani and David LeBauer, is to develop protocols for intercomparison and improvement of crop models for existing and emerging biomass and bioenergy crops. Read more about the project and register for participation here.

New paper reviews simulations of household models

By Mina Coutsoucos

CostaRica_farm Can current farm household models accurately simulate food security driven by climate change?

There has been considerable effort in the last 44 years by researchers to model climate change impacts on farm households, but relatively little attention have been paid to food security. Food security includes many components and modeling it requires an understanding of how agricultural systems are affected by social and economic factors. (more…)

5th AgMIP Global Workshop

AgMIPglobeSave the date! The 5th Annual AgMIP Global Workshop will be held February 25-28, 2015 in Gainesville, Florida. More details will be posted as the date approaches. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

AgMIP meetings and side events at the ASA Annual Meeting in Long Beach, California (November 2-5, 2014) are still being planned, including an AgMIP poster session. A complete list will be available on our website, please check if you are planning to attend.

The 6th Annual AgMIP Global Workshop – is now being planned for October 2015, location and details to come.

AgMIP – CCAFS team up to investigate index insurance in Senegal

AgMIP-CCAFS-workshop-Cover-2A joint CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP) meeting was held June 3-4 to kick off a USAID-CIAT (International Center for Tropical Agriculture) funded study “Increasing Productivity and Livelihoods in the Nioro du Rip Basin in Senegal” at the Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York. The meeting brought together researchers from CCAFS, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, University of Florida, University of Ghana, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and the Center for Climate Systems Research. The goal of the study is to investigate how index insurance can be optimized to encourage yield-enhancing farm management choices in Senegal. (more…)

Are increasing levels of CO2 causing hidden hunger?

By Andrea Calderon Irazoque

corn According to a recent commentary “Food Security: Fertilizing hidden hunger” by Müller C. and others published in Nature Climate Change, CO2 fertilization and climate change will likely exacerbate macro and micro-nutrients deficiency in crops, jeopardizing one of the most important millennium development goals: to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger. This declining nutritional content could lead to “hidden hunger”– defined by the authors as an “insufficient supply of vitamins and minerals in diets with sufficient calorie content.” (more…)

Soils data workshop focuses on assessments in Africa

By Nick Hudson

AgMIPSoilsWorkshop Crop models have been extensively tested for yields, but their validation for soil water balance, and carbon and nitrogen cycling in agricultural systems has been limited. In order to improve the use of soil data in assessments of climate change impacts on agriculture, the Agricultural Modeling Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP) and Columbia University’s Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR), hosted a joint workshop April 9-11 funded by USAID. The workshop, part of the AgMIP GRIDded crop modeling initiative (AgGRID) brought together leaders from AgMIP soils team and AgGRID along with experts from the Gates-funded African Soil Information Service (AfSIS) project as well as other soil and Africa experts. (more…)