Feeding 9 Billion with the Challenges of Climate Change: Towards Diversified Ecoagriculture Landscapes
Diversified Farming Systems Rountable Special Event
Special Roundtable Discussion: May 5th (2:00 - 5:00PM)*
Featured Speaker: Dr. Sara Scherr, President & CEO, Ecoagriculture Partners
Panelists: Dr. Claire Kremen, Associate Professor, ESPM, UC Berkeley
Dr. Nathan Sayre, Professor of Environmental and Human Geography, UC Berkeley
Dr. Tom Tomich, Director, UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute
The challenges for agricultural production over the next few decades will require not marginal changes in response, but fundamental re-thinking of food systems to accommodate large increases in demand in the context of climate change. Adapting and improving crop varieties will be one part of the solution, but re-shaping the agroecosystems and associated markets within which they are grown will be more profound and requires the greater emphasis in research and investment. Mobilizing diversity within agro-ecosystems and across landscapes in highly cost-effective ways that suit both local and global markets will be key. The talk will highlight some of the technical ecological, institutional and policy solutions that are emerging.
*This Diversified Farming Systems event has been generously underwritten, in part, by BIE and the Robert Goodwin, Jr. Family.
For more information: http://bie.berkeley.edu/farmsys/may5