Spotlight: Navrongo Study Area, Ghana

by Greg Reppucci

Ghana_2Small-scale farm systems have become increasingly susceptible to climate change impacts in the recent decades. The people in Navrongo, a town located in the Upper East region of Ghana, have especially experienced difficulties. “There is a real problem with rainfall,” one local farmer noted, “when we were young, we planted millet in April. Gradually, we started planting in May, June, and now, in July.” This changing rainfall pattern has made it more difficult for farmers. The seasons are shorter and yields are not what they once were. The changing climate projects an even bleaker future.

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Southern India Stakeholder Workshop

SI-GhanaIn the middle of November 2015, as Tamil Nadu, India was experiencing some of the worst flooding in its history; a team of AgMIP researchers arrived to meet with agriculture stakeholders in Southern India. The AgMIP Southern India Regional Research Team, led by Dr. V. Geethalakshmi, had arranged a series of ambitious meetings with local government ministers and business leaders to present outcomes of AgMIP research, and to plan for engaging policy makers and state administrators going forward. Despite the inclement weather and transportation difficulties the group met with stakeholders in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India on November 17. More than 90% of the invitees attended the workshop where they agreed there could not have been a better time to talk about climate.

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Book Chapter on New Food Security Assessment Method

Donelli-WomanmarketVietnamThe overarching goal of food security assessment is to find a method that persists through time and space and is continuously reliable. Scientists have formulated food security indicators for their assessments but most at the present fall short in adequately gauging food security. In a newly released chapter by John Antle, Roshan Adhikari, and Stephanie Price in the book Food Security in an Uncertain World the authors propose a better method of measuring food security, an Income-based Food Security Indicator (IBFS). This indicator differs from other methods in that it uses economic farm household models for policy, technology, and climate impact assessment. This incorporation of economics allows for the analysis of changes in income and its corresponding effect on food security.

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This week: African Stakeholder Meeting and RAP Development

KenyaRAPsFrom February 1st to February 4th, an AgMIP regional Sub-Saharan Africa Stakeholder engagement and RAP development workshop will be held in Kenya. The focus of this meeting is to improve process design for upcoming stakeholder engagement and refine integration, messaging, translation, facilitation, and documentation as well as facilitate stakeholder input into RAP development.

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Save the Date for the Sixth AgMIP Global Workshop

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Mark your calendars for the next AgMIP Global workshop, AgMIP6, to be held in Montpellier, France June 28-30, 2016. Additional details and registration will be available soon. There will also be opportunities for AgMIP teams to meet before and after the workshop and planning is underway to allow teams to sign up for meeting space.

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iCropM crop modeling symposium – March 15-17

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Simulation models for the growth and development of crops have become very popular, especially in the context of climate change impact assessments. But they are also widely used in other fields of agronomy. Agronomists apply models to investigate how present and future climate, different existing and new cultivars, and alternative soil and crop management practices will affect the yields, water use, and other outputs of crops and how that affects food security and the environment at various levels – from farm to global.

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AgMIP Award and more at ASA

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From left to right Jean Steiner, Cynthia Rosenzweig, John Antle, Jerry Hatfield, and Jim Jones

By James Oliver

At the annual ASA Fall meeting November 13th – 19th in Minneapolis, Minnesota AgMIP Principal Investigators were recognized for their work in the field of agricultural science. Drs. Cynthia Rosenzweig, Jim Jones, John Antle and Jerry Hatfield were honored with the 2015 America Society of Agronomy (ASA) Presidential Award. The award is given to those who have influenced agronomic sciences or crop production practices so greatly that the impact of their efforts will be enduring on future science.

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Release of GGCMI Phase 2 Protocols

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By Greg Reppucci

The Global Gridded Crop Model Intercomparison (GGCMI) team has just released Phase 2 Protocols for the Carbon, Temperature, Water, Nitrogen and Adaptation (CTWN-A) sensitivity study. The simulation experiment officially starts now! First deadlines for data submissions are March 2016.
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AgMIP Women In Science Video

In June 2015 over 80 scientists from 24 countries attended the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP) Regional Fundamentals Workshop in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The participants included members of AgMIP Regional Research Teams from institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia who, along with AgMIP leaders, have been co-developing protocols to assess the impacts of climate change on regional food security.

This video features five women scientists who attended the workshop as members of their Regional Research Teams. All five women hold important positions on their teams and are critical for the success of the project. The goal of the video was to listen to them describe in their own words the challenges they face, culturally or institutionally, in their pursuit of a career in the sciences.

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AgMIP Sessions at 2015 AGU Fall Meeting

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The 2015 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting will be held from 14 to 18 December in San Fransisco. Over 24,000 attendees are expected to attend this conference. The AGU Fall Meeting is the largest Earth and space science meeting held. (more…)