2015 AgMIP Rice Team Annual Workshop

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The AgMIP Rice team will hold their annual workshop October 14-16, 2015 in Milan and Gargnano, Italy to bring scientists together from around the world for collaboration on rice crop modeling. The workshop is an opportunity for the international modeling community to improve tools that predict future production of rice.


CFCC15: Food and water security

F_727c0ebd09d9401068344b776f3a4adb540da54f281dfAt Our Common Future Under Climate Change (CFCC) 15 conference July 7-10 in Paris AgMIP leaders Cynthia Rosenzweig and Alex Ruane took part in the scientific session: Food and water security under climate change. Cynthia Rosenzweig opened the session by highlighting the session goal of bringing together the isolated communities of researchers working on climate change impacts on food and water. (more…)

Report from the Joint GEOGLAM/AgMIP Workshop

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A joint workshop was held by the GEOGLAM and AgMIP international programs with the aim of improving the interactive use of Earth observations and models for within-season agricultural production forecasting. The international workshop was attended by circa 70 scientists, analysts and program managers from 10 countries and was hosted by the US Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, Maryland, USA. The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Global Agricultural Monitoring (GEOGLAM) program is focused on Earth Observation (EO) data from ground and space to monitor seasonal, regional-to-global agricultural production. The Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP) uses biophysical and socioeconomic modeling techniques to conduct regional and global assessments of climate impacts on crop production.


South Eastern Africa Team Stakeholder Meeting


By Sabine Homann-Kee Tui

AgMIP’s South Eastern Africa Team, CLIP (Crop Livestock Intensification Project) met with stakeholders May 5-6th at ICRISAT-Bulawayo, in Zimbabwe. The workshop, “What do we need to know about climate change, impact and adaptation? Engaging with stakeholders in Matabeleland North”, convened with the purpose of understanding stakeholders’ views on climate change and smallholder farms in order to direct research in AgMIP’s Phase II and build relationships with stakeholders. The workshop also provided an opportunity to discuss Phase I research and solicit ideas on the development of an online tool, the Impacts Explorer, which is targeted for use by stakeholders.


East Asian AgMIP Meeting in Japan

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An upcoming workshop, August 26-28, 2015, organized by the Monsoon Asia Agro-Environmental Research Consortium (MARCO) with the cooperation of the Food and Fertilizer Technology Center (FFTC), will be held in Tsukuba, Japan to share the latest advances in understanding climate change related problems in collaboration with smallholder rice farmers in Monsoon Asia who adapt rain-fed and irrigated agriculture. The workshop is based on the East Asian regional program of AgMIP for countries in Monsoon Asia, including South East Asia through South Asia, with the goal of developing a collaborative approach to climate change adaptations. AgMIP-EA will also hold a one-day technical meeting on August 25th.


Nature article on climate-proof farms features AgMIP and MACSUR

Nyoni-VicFalls Dumisani Mbikwa Nyoni meeting with Amy Sullivan of the AgMIP Stakeholder Unit and others at the AgMIP Regional Research Teams Workshop in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

A news feature recently published in Nature “Quest for climate-proof farms” by Quirin Schiermeier highlighted AgMIP and MACSUR researchers’ collaborations with agricultural decision makers and farmers for co-development of assessments of climate change adaptations.

Agriculture, the article states, is facing the twin pressures of impending population growth and a changing climate. To meet growing demand and keep yields stable farmers will be required to adapt to new climate realities. Interdisciplinary efforts like AgMIP, with the international community and with teams in Africa and Asia, and MACSUR, in Europe, are collaborating closely with agricultural policy makers, extension agents and farmers to model the impacts of planned adaptations and understand which will have the most long-term benefits.


AgMIP Leaders Receive 2015 ASA Presidential Award

agmipPIsDrs. Cynthia Rosenzweig, Jim Jones, John Antle, and Jerry Hatfield have been selected as the 2015 ASA Presidential Award recipients. They are being recognized because under their joint vision and leadership, the AgMIP team has dramatically increased the coordination, transparency, and scientific rigor of agronomic modeling to address the pressing challenges of global change. (more…)

Global Economics Team Meeting – Washington DC, Nov. 2014

Around 25 members and partners of the AgMIP Global Economics team met in Washington DC in November 2014, immediately following the meetings of the Energy Modeling Forum (EMF) and the Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium (IAMC). The purpose of the meeting was to share updates on recent work by the various participating modeling groups and plan future work. The meeting was hosted by IFPRI and supported by funds from the US Department of Agriculture through a contract with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). (more…)

AgMIP-USDA Data Harmonization Workshop

AgMIP-DataHarmonWkshpCoverThere is a major gap between the potential value of data collected in agricultural experiments and the value currently obtained through use of those data. Typically, data collected in experiments are used for the original purpose, and papers and reports are written to address research questions that were used to justify the experiments. Vastly greater value might be obtained if the data were combined across locations, time, and management conditions so that one could develop or evaluate models that could help inform decision support systems, assess the benefits of new technologies or management, changes in climate, and tradeoffs between productivity gains and environmental risks. (more…)

Workshop for Advancing Pest and Disease Modeling

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By Jenna Famular

Changes in climate and extreme events could have significant effects on agricultural pest and disease distribution and magnitudes and on the distribution of host species. In response to the need to include modeling of pests and disease in agricultural assessments, the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP) held a workshop in Gainesville, Florida February 23-25, 2015 with over 70 attendees.