Achieving sustainable food security in a world with a growing population, changing diets and a changing climate is a major challenge. More food is needed in the future but climate change means less food production potential and poor people will be hit the hardest. Climate-related crop failures, fishery collapses and livestock deaths already cause economic losses and undermine food security, and these are likely to become more severe as global warming continues.
The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) seeks to overcome the threats to agriculture and food security in a changing climate, exploring new ways of helping vulnerable rural communities adjust to global changes in climate. CCAFS brings together the world’s best researchers in agricultural science, climate science, environmental and social sciences to identify and address the most important interactions, synergies and trade-offs between climate change and agriculture. CCAFS is implementing a uniquely innovative and transformative research program that addresses agriculture in the context of climate variability, climate change and uncertainty about future climate conditions.
Responses need to come quickly. CCAFS integrates and applies the best and most promising approaches, tools and technologies. This initiative can only be realized with improved interactions among scientists, researchers, policy makers, civil society, and those who depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. Both local and global action is needed to accelerate the sharing of lessons on institutions, practices and technologies for adaptation and mitigation, with serious commitment to working in partnership, enhancing capacity and addressing societal differences. CCAFS is working across research disciplines, organizational mandates, and spatial and temporal scales to help address these pressing challenges.