Southern Africa Livestock Team Video

This video is produced for the Biosphere Defense Project, hosted by the International Institute of Climate Action and Theory (IICAT) at the University of California. It features footage of interviews with researchers from the CLIP (Crop Livestock Intensification Project) team of the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (agmip.org). The video explores issues related to climate change impacts on smallholder agriculture and livestock farming in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique and the imperatives for change; highlighting opportunities to reduce risk and increase resilience in Southern Africa. (more…)

Global Economic Modeling Phase 2 Planning Meeting

The AgMIP GlobEcon team met in Seville, Spain March 10-11, 2014 to discuss further plans and next steps for enhanced model intercomparisons, following the successful Phase 1 which resulted in a Special Issue in the journal Agricultural Economics (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/agec.12093/abstract) and a joint paper in PNAS (http://www.pnas.org/content/111/9/3274). Participants in the workshop included the 10 global economic modeling groups who had contributed to Phase 1, but also 6 new groups who are interested in joining the process in the next phase. The workshop was primarily funded upon invitation by JRC-IPTS in Seville, which was gratefully acknowledged by the whole group as an important support of AgMIP. (more…)

Global Economics Climate Scenario Workshop

Five global economic modeling groups met June 23-24, 2014 at FAO headquarters in Rome to discuss preliminary results of a harmonized analysis of climate change impacts on agriculture and food security in 2050. The participating modeling groups, all members of the AgMIP Global Economics team, are from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), LEI Wageningen UR in the Netherlands, and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS). The Institute for Development Studies at the University of Sussex is also contributing. This work is supported by funds from the US Department of Agriculture through a contract with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), and by the participating institutions and other donors. (more…)

Southern Africa Stakeholders Meet with AgMIP Researchers

By Jenna Famular

Two recent stakeholder meetings in Pretoria, and Malawi were held by AgMIP Southern Africa teams to engage local stakeholders and inform them about research being conducted in Southern Africa. Local stakeholders, such as decision- and policy-makers, are the end-users of AgMIP research outputs as they seek to form effective agricultural policies based on scientific knowledge of possible future impacts of climate change on local economies. (more…)

AgMIP and GABBs collaborate on new crop modeling tool

By Jenna Famular

agmip and gabbsAgMIP, in a recent collaboration with the Geospatial Building Blocks project (GABBs), is developing a geospatial mapping tool to project future climate change scenarios and impacts. The GABBs project will create a web-based system that shares geospatial data that can be used via tools such as AgMIP’s that present the data in a way that projects global issues and concerns.

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AgMIP at the ASA International Annual Meeting

By Jenna Famular

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

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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.