Events 2014

Improving the Simulation of Climate Impacts on Agriculture: AgMIP and Related Research

December 15th – December 19th, 2014
Moscone Center, San Francisco, California, USA

The session focused on research at the interface of climate, agriculture, and economics, including results from the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP).Topics of particular interest include the creation of climate and socioeconomic scenarios for agricultural research, statistical and process-based methods of evaluating food production at regional to global scales, the representation of water scarcity, ozone, and nutrition in yield projections, and the use of crop and economic models to explore adaptation and mitigation strategies.

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Seminar on Food and Nutrition Security, Agriculture and Climate Change

December 7th, 2014
Novotel San Isidro, San Isidro, Lima

The event was a discussion about the six major issues that development and humanitarian actors need to address in the coming years if the IPCC’s worst case scenarios are to be averted. On the sidelines of December’s UN climate talks in Lima (COP20), CARE International, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) hosted a seminar to raise awareness about and discuss approaches to help address climate change challenges to food and nutrition security.

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Global Landscapes Forum

December 6th – December 7th, 2014
The Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center, San Isirdo, Lima

This year’s Forum explored the role of landscapes in the future climate and development agenda. The second Global Landscapes Forum was held in Lima on the weekend in the middle of the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP20) to the UNFCCC. With this timing and location, this major event drew on the presence in the city of world leaders, development experts and leading thinkers to create an influential space to position landscapes at the center of the emerging climate and development agreements.

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Trade M International Workshop: Economics of Integrated Assessment for Agriculture and the Food Sector

November 25th – Novemeber 27th, 2014
Hurdalsjøen Hotel, Norway

The Knowledge Hub FACCE MACSUR (Modelling European Agriculture with Climate Change for Food Security) assembles the excellence of research in Europe in crop, livestock and economic modelling. MACSUR cooperates with the AgMIP (Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project) community and particularly welcomed AgMIP contributions. The workshop brought together researchers with interest in integrated assessment approaches which are used to analyze agriculture, food security and climate change.

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Workshop on Biofuels and Food Security Interactions

November 19th – November 20th, 2014
International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington D.C., USA

The purpose of the workshop was to explore current and future interactions between biofuels and food security, and elaborate learnings from analysis and field experience relevant for project developers, researchers and policy-makers. The workshop was organized around six topics designed to encourage discussion among participants. The workshop aimed to identify where consensus lies regarding key barriers, gaps and opportunities related to (a) the assessment of biofuel-food security interactions and (b) recommendations for future research and implementation.

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ILRI@40: Livestock-Based Options for Sustainable Food and Nutritional Security, Economic Well-Being and Healthy Lives Conference

Novemeber 6th – Novemeber 7th, 2014
Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) organized a two-day high-profile conference on livestock’s contribution to sustainable food and nutritional security, economic well-being and healthy lives. The conference highlighted products of livestock research and how they contribute to the global development agenda, from generating research products (performing) to targeting research investments and policy-making (informing) to reshaping whole livestock production systems (transforming).

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ASA International Annual Meeting

November 2nd – November 5th, 2014
Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, Long Beach, CA, USA

The American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America hosted more than 4,000 scientists, professionals, educators, and students at the 2014 International Annual Meetings, “Grand Challenges—Great Solutions,” Nov. 2-5, 2014, in Long Beach, CA.

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2nd AgMIP-Peru Workshop

October 20th – October 22nd, 2014
Universidad Nacional del Altiplano – Hotel Quelqatani, Puno Tarapaca, Peru

The National Meteorology and Hydrology Service of Peru (SENAMHI) and the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP) held the 2nd AgMIP-Peru Workshop at the Universidad Nacional del Altiplano in Puno, Peru on October 20-22, 2014. At the workshop, SENAMHI and AgMIP continued the development of capacity-building in the region, in order to produce climate change integrated assessments and adaptation strategies in Peru, while contributing to the coordinated efforts of AgMIP for the Sixth Assessment Report of the IPCC.

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2014 Borlaug Dialogue – The Greatest Challenge in Human History: Can We Sustainably Feed the 9 Billion People on our Planet by the Year 2050?

October 15th – October 17th, 2014
Des Moines Marriott Downtown Hotel, Des Moines, Iowa, USA

The 2014 Borlaug Dialogue international symposium drew upon Dr. Borlaug’s legacy and addressed “The Greatest Challenge in Human History: Can We Sustainably Feed the 9 Billion People on our Planet by the Year 2050?” The Dialogue gave special emphasis to the powers of intensification, innovation and inspiration to uplift smallholder farmers and meet the increasing demand for nutritious food. The Symposium included the ILRI@40 BORLAUG DIALOGUE: Livestock-based options for sustainable food and nutritional security side-event on October 16th of 2014.

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MACSUR: LiveM Livestock Modelling and Research Colloquium

October 14th – October 16th, 2014
Ria de Bilbao Maritime Museum, Bilbao, Spain

The LiveM theme of the FACCE-JPI MACSUR Knowledge Hub brought together 30 institutes from 14 European countries with expertise in a diverse range of disciplines, from grassland and farm-scale modelling through to livestock disease and health research.

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CGIAR: Systems Research for Sustainable Intensification in Smallholder Agriculture Conference

October 7th – October 10th, 2014
Conference Center of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, Nigeria

The conference dealt with major components within systems research in agriculture by focusing on the humid – tropics systems. The purpose of the conference was to learn from the research made on integrated systems with an emphasis on the results, data, methods and lessons learned.

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ICRISAT: Short Course on Cropping System Models Applications in Land Resource Management

September 22nd – September 26th, 2014
ICRISAT, Patancheru, Telangana, India

The workshop focused on a practical approach for simulating effects of soil, weather, management, and genetic factors on crop production. It covered procedures for collecting and managing crop, weather and soil data towards adapting models for applications. Participants analyzed management alternatives for single seasons and for crop rotations. Applications of models for studying water and nutrient management and adaptation to climate change were emphasized. Lectures alternated with hands-on assignments using the DSSAT crop models and software package. Ample time was used to discuss capabilities and limitations of the models and appropriate methods for their use.

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TROPENTAG 2014: Bridging the Gap Between Increasing Knowledge and Decreasing Resources

September 17th – September 19th, 2014
Czech University of Life Sciences, Praha, Prague

Tropentag 2014 was organised by the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences of the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Czeck Republic. The conference venue was in Prague, Czech Republic. All students, Ph.D. students, scientists, extension workers, decision makers, politicians and practical farmers interested and engaged in agricultural research and rural development in the tropics and subtropics were invited to participate and to contribute.

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CIMSANS: Improving Data and Models to Support Food System Sustainability Modeling Joint Workshop

September 10th – September 12th, 2014
Discovery Park, Purdue University West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

The Research Foundation Center for Integrated Modeling of Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition Security (CIMSANS) and GEOSHARE organized a joint workshop with the topics Improving Geospatial Data for Decision Making and Discovery in Agriculture, Resources and the Environment and Improving Food System Sustainability Modeling.

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2014 Advanced Wheat Improvement Training Course

August 3rd – September 30th, 2014
International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), El Batan, Mexico

The 2014 Advanced Wheat Improvement Training Course targeted mid-career scientists who can use the knowledge they acquire about wheat germplasm and new techniques in their own breeding programs. Course participants also gained an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of CIMMYT’s Global Wheat Program (GWP) and the roles of support disciplines such as agronomy, pathology, quality, statistics, physiology, biotechnology, geographic information systems (GIS) and social sciences.

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2014 AAEA Annual Meeting, Session 2089: A NEw Transdisciplinary Approach to Regional Integrated Assessment of Climate Impact and Adaptation in Africa and South Asia

July 29th, 2014
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

The session featured a brief introduction followed by one presentation on Sub-Saharan Africa results (from East, West and Southern Africa) and one presentation with results from South Asia (India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka). Presentations summarized the impact assessment and adaptation analysis results, comparing and contrasting among study areas, and highlighting the role of the Representative Agricultural Pathways in climate impact assessment.

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2014 AAEA Annual Meeting, Session 1030: New Pathway and Scenario Concepts for Assessment of Climate Impacts and Adaptation at Regional and Global Scales

July 28th, 2014
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

This session provided an overview of the Representative Agricultural Pathways (RAPs) concept and methods for their development within the integrated assessment framework developed by the Agricultural Model Inter-comparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP), and then illustrated their development and use by the global agricultural modeling community and by a regional study of climate change in Pacific North West wheat systems in the United States.

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The James Hutton Institute: Fruit for the Future 2014 Seminar

July 17th, 2014
James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee DD2 5DA, Scotland, UK

Fruit for the Future was aimed at farmers, agronomists, representatives of the food and drink industries, scientists and others interested in soft fruit. It consisted of a seminar program followed by a tour of the breeding plots, with fruit tasting and current field experiments

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IFPRI: 21st Century Agricultural Policies Seminar

July 16th, 2014
International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington D.C., USA

A seminar hosted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) focused on the new agriculture regimes by Europe, the 2013 EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and the USA, the US Agricultural Act 2014. The seminar was a discussion of differences between them and previous policies, their efficiency for addressing today’s problems, and what they imply for the future.

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Conference: Rising to the Challenges

July 16th – July 17th, 2014
NIAB Innovation Farm, Impington Cambridge, UK

The inaugural ‘Rising to the challenges’ conference explored the advances that science and industry are making in providing long term solutions to the pressing global challenges of food security, climate change, sustainable resource efficiency and demands for healthier nutritious food.

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15th International Conference on Information Processing and Management of Uncertainty in Knowledge-Based Systems, Special Session: Decision Support and Uncertainty Management in Agri-Environment

July 15th – July 19th, 2014
Montpellier, France

The 15th International Conference on Information Processing and Management of Uncertainty in Knowledge-based Systems held in Montpellier (France) included a special Session : Decision Support and uncertainty management in Agri-Environment, organized by UMR IATE, MISTEA and ITAP (INRA, Supagro, Univ Montpellier 2, CIRAD, Irstea).

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Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture – Global Conference

July 8th – July 10th, 2014
The Hauge, The Netherlands

An event by CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). The Government of the Netherlands hosted the final Global meeting, in close collaboration with all core partners, bringing together the outcomes of all consultative meetings and initiatives.

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PIK: Talk by David Karoly “Attribution of Extreme Weather and Climate Events: Some Recent Examples From Australia”

July 2nd, 2014
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Postdam, Germany

A brief review was presented of approaches to the attribution of extreme climate events to different causes, including anthropogenic climate change and natural climate variations such as El Niño events. Some recent examples of extreme climate events in Australia, including the 2011-2012 extreme rainfall, the 2012-2013 extreme summer temperature and the new record annual Australian average temperature for 2013, were considered as attribution case studies.

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AgMIP Wheat Workshop

June 24th – June 26th, 2014
Clermont-Ferrand, France

The workshop was organized as part of the AgMIP Wheat Project and the newly approved Expert Working Group (EWG) on Wheat Crop and Plant Modeling of the Wheat Initiative. The aims were to discuss and propose the structure of the EWG on Wheat Crop and Plant Modeling, to present and discuss recent advances in crop model intercomparison and improvement to study the impact of climate change, to explore genetic options for improved heat tolerance in wheat and to discuss and agree on next steps for AgMIP Wheat and the EWG on Wheat Crop and Plant Modeling.

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Grasslands Sensitivity to Climate Change

May 21st, 2014
Hotel Miguel Angel, Madrid, Spain

The main objective of this event was to discuss the first results of sensitivity analysis for Grasslands that we have launched in collaboration with C3MP (coordinated climate-crop modeling project). It tests the sensitivity of Grasslands to climate drivers (T, P, CO2) with models that have already been tested/calibrated for specific sites.

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Working with Dynamics Crop Models: Methods, Tools and Examples for Agriculture and the Environment

May 19th – May 23rd, 2014
Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Agrarlandschaftsforschung, Muencheberg, Germany

After an introduction to the principles of system modeling and simulation, this course presented the underlying theory and the practical application of various methods. The widely used programming language R, which is free, has built-in functions that make the methods readily accessible. This language was taught as part of the course, and used for hands-on exercises where the students applied the methods that are presented. Throughout, the lectures used examples to illustrate how the methods have been or can be applied to real crop modeling problems. A final lecture illustrated, using a simple but realistic crop model, how the methods can be combined in an overall modeling project. The course was based on the book “Working with Dynamic Crop Models, 2nd edition. A copy of the book was given to each student. In addition to the main topic, there were daily “change-of-pace” lectures by invited lecturers, on topics of general interest in modeling.

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Livestock, Climate Change & Food Security Conference

May 19th – May 20th, 2014
Hotel Miguel Angel, Madrid, Spain

This scientific meeting attracted 155 speakers and delegates from throughout the world and provided a platform for discussions on the challenges faced by the livestock sector in an effort to efficiently enhance its contribution to sustainable food supply in the context of climate variability.

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DSSAT Training Program: Assessing Production, Nutrient Management, Climatic Risk and Environmental Sustainability with Simulation Models

May 19th – May 24th, 2014
University of Georgia Griffin Campus, Griffin, Georgia, USA

The overall goal of this training program was to familiarize participants with a comprehensive computer model for the simulation of crop growth and yield, soil and plant water, nutrient and carbon dynamics and their application to real world problems.

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Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security – IFPRI 2020 Conference

May 15th – May 17th 2014
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The three-day conference featured an exciting program of keynote speakers, chaired plenary and parallel sessions, side events, and an interactive Knowledge Fair showcasing the latest on-the-ground initiatives on resilience for food and nutrition security.

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Improving the Use of Soil Data in Large-Scale Multi-Model Tools for Climate Impacts Assessments in Africa

April 9th – April 11th 2014
NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, New York, USA

The workshop was a part of AgMIP’s USAID-funded effort: Advancing Global Agricultural Assessments: Building the Next-Generation Global Gridded Crop Model System. The project seeks to develop databases and tools (especially for soils and management) for improved gridded modeling at a variety of spatial scales and extents, as well as demonstrating the potential of multi-model integrated platforms for crop yield and climate impact simulations. This year’s Forum explored the role of landscapes in the future climate and development agenda. The second Global Landscapes Forum was held in Lima on the weekend in the middle of the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP20) to the UNFCCC. With this timing and location, this major event drew on the presence in the city of world leaders, development experts and leading thinkers to create an influential space to position landscapes at the center of the emerging climate and development agreements.

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FACCE MACSUR Mid-Term Scientific Conference: “Achievements, Activities, Advancement”

April 1st – April 3rd 2014
University of Sassari, Sassari, Italy

The mid-project meeting was an important conference for all MACSUR members and stakeholders from national and supranational agencies. It provided the opportunity to reflect on achievements, especially with respect to integration across sectors and scales, on ongoing activities and future funding opportunities.

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DSSAT Development Sprint

March 24th – March 28th, 2014
IFDC, Muscle Shoals, Alabama, USA

Participants worked to improve the crop models in DSSAT and to improve/revise the software that operates the model in field-scale analyses. Organized by DSSAT Foundation. The goals of the workshop were to develop a strategy for advancement of DSSAT for the next decade, develop priorities for improvement of DSSAT with current available resources, implement priorities for improvement of DSSAT, the Cropping System Model and associated tools, application programs, and data bases and finalize DSSAT v4.6 for release.

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NASA and the California Department of Water Resources Remote Sensing for Drought Monitoring and Response Workshop

February 25th – February 26th, 2014
Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento, California, USA

This conference presented a discussion of remote sensing of snow, precipitation, groundwater and soil moisture to assess the outlook and impact of the California drought in the context of climate change and infrastructure.

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SSA and SA Finish Line Workshop

January 29th – February 4th, 2014
Mt Meru Hotel, Kanisa Road, Arusha Tanzania

AgMIP Regional Research Teams held a ‘Finish Line’ Workshop in Arusha, Tanzania from January 30th to February 4th, 2014. AgMIP Regional Research Teams from both Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia attended. The workshop activity focused on presentation and analysis that benefited all contributors and their draft materials. The workshop agenda included a field trip on Sunday February 2nd, 2014. The objectives of the workshop were to finalize the key achievements of phase 1 of AgMIP and share key results across teams in sub-Sahara Africa and South Asia

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Harmonizing Agricultural Data and Models: AgMIP-USDA Workshop

January 10th, 2014
2142 Shealy Drive, Straughn Center, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

The purpose of this workshop was to explore concepts and plans for harmonizing agricultural databases and models being developed and used by various USDA research projects and AgMIP (Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project). This would allow web-based utilization of data for evaluating and improving agricultural models and using them for analyses of climate change impacts,adaptation strategies, and potential food security issues.

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