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Peaceful image of postharvest rice fields standing in water with storm clouds that occupy the sky

Feeding a changing planet: climate-smart agriculture

Scientists and policymakers from around the world will gather Wednesday through Friday, March 20-22, at UC Davis to analyze how to respond to the threats of climate change to global agriculture while meeting the world’s need for food, prosperity and sustainability.

The Climate-Smart Agriculture Global Science Conference is planned in coordination with the World Bank. The public is invited to attend for free the opening day’s program (8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m), which will be webcast live, and the closing day’s afternoon program (noon-3:45 p.m.), in the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall.

Climate change will affect agriculture through higher temperatures, water demand, more rainfall and extreme climate events.

“In California, where we rely heavily on snowmelt for irrigation to grow half of our nation’s fruit and vegetables, we are acutely aware that scientists and policymakers must join forces to lessen the potential effects of climate change,” said Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, who will open the conference. 

The dialogue will focus on topics such as agricultural, ecological and environmental research; agricultural management and development; farm and food-system issues; research needs and emerging initiatives, as well as transformative policies and institutions, among others. It will conclude with participants offering a declaration on research and policy messages. 

With the world’s population expected to hit 9 billion people by 2050, new demands for food are estimated to rise by 70 percent. UC Davis’ efforts to take on that challenge are portrayed in a recent four-part documentary, 9 Billion Mouths to Feed: The Future of Farming

UC Davis is a world leader on the environment and sustainability. This past year, Sierra magazine recognized the university as America’s ‘Coolest School’ for these sustainability and climate change efforts.

Storm clouds loom over a flooded postharvest rice field in the Yolo Basin. Carson Jeffres/UC Davis photo

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