The 5th Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture 2019 - Transforming food systems under a changing climate

This is NOT your usual science conference!

Find out why:

Call for abstract submissions is still open, with an extended deadline of 15 March 2019What’s your approach to CSA? Submit your abstract here and be part of transforming our food systems! 

Agricultural development can be slow and uneven, often not reaching the people who are most vulnerable and in pockets of deep, entrenched poverty. It is further hindered by climate change, which disproportionally affects agriculture and threatens the achievement of SDG targets on food security and poverty. In order to achieve food security, increase productivity, alleviate poverty among rural communities, build resilience to climate change and other stresses, and reduce agricultural emissions, a complete transformation in agriculture is needed over the next decade, going beyond business as usual and piecemeal short-term projects. 

Since the term climate-smart agriculture (CSA) was coined in 2010, the biannual global science conferences on CSA have emerged as the key global forum for scientific exchange to underpin CSA implementation. Building on the lessons from the previous conferences, the overarching theme of the 5th conference, ‘Transforming food systems under a changing climate’, takes cognizance of the need for transformation and aims to build the knowledge base needed to support the transformation required.

Objectives – Mobilizing partners for transformation

For a transformation to succeed, creativity, disruption and change are required. We invite stakeholders, entrepreneurs and game changers from all sectors to join us in taking action.

The conference will aim to achieve the following objectives:

  • To mobilize the knowledge needed for food systems transformation under climate change.
  • To catalyze the partnerships needed for transformation, bringing together all key stakeholders, from scientists, policy makers, investors and farmers.

Tentative program

09.00Welcome and opening ceremony09.00Summary of the previous day and overview of today’s program09.00Summary of the previous day and overview of today’s program
09.15Setting the scene09.10Hard talk: “Is CSA business as usual?09.10House of Commons debate
09.20Interactive keynote09.40Speedtalks: “Perspectives on CSA and transformation”10.003 TED style inspiring talks on case study examples
09.35Keynote presentation10.003 TED style inspiring talks on case study examplesAudience feedback
09.50Roundtable discussion on fostering transformationAudience feedback11.00Break
Audience feedback11.00Break11.30CSA unconference sessions
(3-6 parallel sessions)
10.50Overview of upcoming sessions11.306 Parallel thematic sessions
11.30Pitches on 6 themes15.00Speed talks with accompanying poster15.30Winners announcement: Hack4CSA hackathon, Compete to Innovate, CSA social media contest
13.00Lunch16.00Break + poster sessions16.00Break
14.306 Parallel thematic sessions16.30- 18.30Innovation hub
Space for self-organized side events
16.30Synthesis panel
16.00Break17.30Declaration and closing
16.30CSA unconference session: “What are the hot topics that need discussion?”
17.30- 19.30Sunset Reception

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