Time of Event

Day 1: 9:30-17:15 Tokyo Time (Tentative)
Day 2: 10:00-17:35 Tokyo Time (Tentative)

Summary

Climate change reduces agricultural productivity and leads to greater instability in crop production, disrupting the global food supply and resulting in food and nutritional insecurity. A transformation of the agricultural sector toward climate-resilient practices is urgently needed to successfully tackle food security and climate change challenges. Climate-smart agriculture is an approach that guides farmers’ actions to transform agri-food systems toward building the agricultural sector’s resilience to climate change based on three pillars: increasing farm productivity and incomes, enhancing the resilience of livelihoods and ecosystems, and reducing and removing greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere. Promoting the adoption of climate-smart agricultural practices is crucial to improve smallholder farmers’ capacity to adapt to climate change and mitigate its impact, as well as help achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Although smallholder farmers worldwide have adopted numerous practices and technologies (e.g., integrated crop systems, improved pest, water, and nutrient management, improved grassland management, reduced tillage and use of diverse varieties and breeds, restoring degraded lands, and improved the efficiency of input use) to reach the objectives of climate-smart agriculture, the increased uncertainty that climate change imposes calls for more flexible and rapid response capacity in smallholder farming systems.

The conference will present and discuss original, unpublished papers that enrich our understanding of the associations between climate-smart agriculture and sustainable agricultural development. It will also provide insights for policy makers to design appropriate policy instruments to develop agricultural practices and technologies and promote them to sustainably enhance the farm sector’s resilience to climate change and increase productivity.

The conference will feature keynote speeches from distinguished guests, Edward Barbier, University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University’s Department of Economics, and Tatsuyoshi Saijo, Specially Appointed Professor at the Institute for International Academic Research, Kyoto University of Advanced Science.

Objectives
  • The factors influencing farmers’ decisions to adopt climate-smart agriculture
  • The impacts of climate-smart agriculture adoption on farm economic performance
  • The potential practices and solutions that enhance the resilience of agriculture through adopting climate-smart agricultural practices and technologies
Target Participants
  • Researchers, academicians, postgraduate students, policy makers, and practitioners in Asia
Output
  • Rigorous evidence on aspects of climate-smart agriculture
  • A greater understanding of the factors influencing farmers’ decisions to adopt climate-smart agriculture
  • A greater understanding of the impacts of climate-smart agriculture adoption on sustainable rural and agricultural development in Asia
  • Presented research will be considered for publication in the Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change journal special issue subject to the review process
Partner
  • Lincoln University, New Zealand

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