Climate change has a major impact on agriculture. The effects are evident in all regions of the world. Weather extremes like e.g. heat waves, long dry periods, tempests and floods are causing reductions in crop and livestock productivity and yields. Agriculture as well has an impact on climate change, as it is causing 10-12 % of global emissions (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change AR5).
According to estimations of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations the global demand for food is expected to increase by rd. 70% until 2050. To ensure future food security, while reducing the impact on greenhouse gas emissions, more sustainable and resilient agriculture production is needed. This would be is in accordance with the Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as well as with the EU policy agenda on climate action and food and nutrition security. Therefore, researchers and stakeholder are expected develop reliable and politically feasible measures and win-win solutions to underpin such a transition.
The Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI) institutional partnership with the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) provides a unique opportunity to take advantage of synergies between the two initiatives and to cooperate at international level in the context of sustainable agriculture, climate change and food security. A concrete action to establish cooperation is to organize an international research outreach conference in Berlin, Germany under the umbrella of FACCE-JPI and GRA, with the participation of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). The conference will focus on agricultural GHG emission reduction in the light of climate change, sustainable agriculture and food security.