Salon 3: Smart Technology for Climate Smart Agriculture

February 3, 2015
11:30a­ to 1:30p
Media and Public Affairs Building, Room B02 The George Washington University Washington, DC 20052

Communicating Climate-Smart Agriculture

Climate­-smart 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 low-­tech innovations that should be considered for climate­-smart agriculture.

Key Questions:

  • Which technologies show the most promise for developing climate ­resilience in agriculture in the developing world? How can we scale these innovations?
  • How can domestic precision agriculture inform climate­-smart 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?

Salon Series

The Planet Forward Salon Series connects thought ­leaders, 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. Content and ideas from the planetforward.org community are shared and considered during salons.

Feeding The Planet

Feeding The Planet launched in 2013 to highlight challenges and solutions in areas of food and nutrition security. Through media, discussions, and events, the initiative helps identify the biggest challenges to feeding 9 billion people by 2050 and introduces innovators to high-­level influentials.

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