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Smart Technology for Climate-Smart AgricultureCampus Calendar

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Nifkin Lounge

Event Description: Join members of the ESF Planet Forward group for a live interactive webcast of a Planet Forward "salon", 3rd in the Feeding the Planet series. The Planet Forward Salon Series connects thought­leaders, researchers, innovators and students in a focused conversation on solutions and innovations. Moderated by Planet Forward host and creator Frank Sesno, approximately 30 participants consider and discuss best practices to address food security, water, energy and climate issues.

Smart Technology for Climate-Smart Agriculture

Climate­smart agriculture (CSA) is an approach that jointly addresses the interactions between food security and climate change. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization defines CSA as having three pillars:

-- Sustainably increasing agricultural productivity and incomes (food security)
-- Adapting and building resilience to climate change (adaptation)
-- Reducing and/or removing greenhouse gas emissions, where possible (mitigation)

As governments, communities and farmers adopt CSA practices, which technologies should be scaled and integrated? This salon will identify an array of high and low­tech innovations that should be considered for climate­smart agriculture.

Key Questions:

-- Which technologies show the most promise for developing climate­resilience in agriculture in the developing world? How can we scale these innovations?
-- How can domestic precision agriculture inform climate­smart agriculture in the developing world?
-- Which of these technologies and practices are (or should) be integrated in developing countries?
-- Where is the most immediate opportunity for impact ­­ Carbon reduction? Conservation?
-- How do we best communicate needs and opportunities to farmers, governments and the public?

Paul Otteson

Sponsor: ESF Planet Forward

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