CGIAR and Earth System Science Partnership Launch Challenge Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security

4 May 2010: The Alliance of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Centers and the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP) launched the Challenge Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) at a meeting on 4 May 2010, at the World Agroforestry Center in Nairobi, Kenya.

CCAFS is a 10-year research initiative that seeks to overcome threats to agriculture and food security and explore ways to assist vulnerable communities to adjust to climate change. It is composed of six research themes split among diagnosing and developing the knowledge base and developing options.

The conference brought together representatives from many of the CGIAR Centers to discuss topics including: approaches to enhance food security in the face of climate change; African policy issues for adaptation and mitigation; adaptive capacity of Indian agriculture to climate change; decision support tools; and challenges in linking knowledge with action for sustainable development. Delegates met throughout the day in small discussion groups to develop ideas on moving CCAFS forward. [CCAFS Website][Rural Climate Exchange Blog]