Session II: Climate Change and Food Security in the World’s Most Vulnerable Regions

Fall 2014:

Monday, November 3, 2014 to Friday, November 14, 2014

   

It is projected that, by 2050, the world’s population will grow to 9 billion and agricultural production will need to increase by 70% to sustain the world’s food needs. (Source: FAO, 2009) In the world’s most vulnerable regions, this rising demand for food production will take place in an environment with more severe weather events, more lost production due to climate change, and increased stress on limited natural resources.

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This session will examine the relationship between food security and global climate change and will introduce students to the techniques and policy activities CRS is undertaking to become more climate-smart. One example is the groundbreaking Africa Climate-Smart Agriculture Alliance, of which CRS is a founding partner, which aims to contribute to the African Union’s goal of helping 25 million farmers become food secure by 2025. Finally, the session will ask participants to reflect on our role in mitigating the impacts of global climate change on food security.

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Course materials

Learning Objectives

Understand the impact of climate change on areas of existing food insecurity

Learn about successful strategies for implementing climate-smart agriculture

Better understand our role as American citizens and consumers in mitigating the impact of global climate change related to food security

Primary Resources

Video of Q & A with Gaye Burpee, Senior Advisor for Agriculture and Climate Change, CRS

What is the relationship between climate change and food security?

Case Studies

What is Being Done and What You Can Do

Secondary Resources