Scientists, advocates, researchers, and political leaders are preparing to head to Paris for Conference of Parties (COP21) as the impacts of heat, drought, and other extreme weather events-- climate challenges that once seemed a concern for the distant future-- are becoming more immediate. The impacts of climate change on agricultural commodities and trade need to be analyzed in the context of implications for agricultural production, food security, and resource use. In addition, climate change raises very real and important timescale and planning horizon issues not normally at the forefront of the more traditional economic development research agenda.

On November 10, the Global Food Security Portal hosted a live webcast of the International Food Policy Research Institute's policy seminar Climate Change and Food Security: Challenges and Options at Global and National Scales. The seminar included new results on the impact of climate change on agriculture and food security from the International Model for Policy Analysis of Agricultural Commodities and Trade (IMPACT), presented by senior IFPRI researchers Alex De Pinto and Keith Wiebe. They were followed by an expert panel discussion on how to assist national policymakers as they address climate change and mitigation goals in a politically and economically sustainable way.

You can view highlights from the seminar, courtesy of Storify:

You can also watch the full video below:


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RE: Impact of Climate Change on Pastoralists
Wed, 11/11/2015 - 13:05

Dear Abdulkadir,

Thank you for your insightful comments! We hope to hear from you in the future as well.


The Food Security Portal Team

Impact of Climate change on Pastoralists
Tue, 11/10/2015 - 13:48

Pastoralism is a subsistence pattern and a living way for millions of people in this world. Many consider it as a branch of agriculture which I don't agree. Apart from this confusion, when it comes to the climate change impacts, Pastoralists are among the highly affected communities and yet got inadequate attention from the researchers, media, policy & decision makers. Thus, I would recommend if a special attention is given in our efforts towards mitigating climate change and our frameworks to enhance the food security situation.

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