1st International Conference on Climate Resilient Agriculture for Sustainable Development & Food Security (ICCRA-SD & FS-2022)

Sep 5-7, 2022

 

 

Overview & Vision

Allama Iqbal Open University is organizing 1st International Conference on “Climate Resilient Agriculture for Sustainable Development & Food Security on September 5-7, 2022.

The current agricultural production systems have limited adaptive capacity, and are highly sensitive and vulnerable to climatic extremes. There is need of hour to transform this vulnerable food system into more resilient one that can absorb extrinsic and intrinsic shocks. The resilience and sustainability in our food systems can be achieved through inclusion of new production systems and technologies.

To attain climate resilient agriculture, the scientists and researchers are working on those technological & management practices that are closely linked with to most of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The speakers at the conference are asked to consider how the technology or management practice presented will affect these goals.

This conference will give experienced and young scientists a forum to present novel technologies and management practices for developing resilience and sustainability in our food systems to ensure food security, to discuss their work with fellow scientists and present this in the context of the overall policy targets.

The outcome will be improved understanding among scientists and end-users about how novel technologies or management strategies will lead to sustainable development of agricultural systems ensuring food security. The overarching aim is to develop a roadmap leading to climate resilient agriculture (CRA) in Pakistan.

 

 

Background

World population is increasing with a rapid speed, and it is expected that it will reach up to 9 billion by the end of 2050. This increasing population is exerting a huge pressure on our food systems, and food sector is under extreme pressure to respond to our climate emergency. To feed this fast-growing population, our farming community is growing crops and feeding animals by non-judicious use of natural resources.  

Urbanization, industrialization & deforestation are major anthropogenic factors which result in greenhouse gasses (GHG) emission. According to IPCC’s reports, these GHGs are key drivers of climate change all over the world. Climate change related risks are making food systems more vulnerable and prone to external hazards.  

Industrial agriculture is a dominant way of meeting global food demand. It creates large, centralized farms producing vast quantities of food to be shipped around the world. The negative tradeoffs to industrial agriculture, however, are the loss of small-scale farms and peasants throughout the world, the destruction of biodiversity, diminishing access to fresh food, and damage to the environment. It’s reliance on fossil fuel-based inputs such as fertilizer and pesticide, and on mechanical farming that leads to depletion of fertile soil.

The CRA is an approach that includes sustainably using existing natural resources through crop and livestock production systems to achieve long-term higher productivity and farm incomes under climate variabilities. This practice reduces hunger and poverty in the face of climate change for forthcoming generations. CRA practices can alter the current situation and sustain agricultural production from the local to the global level, especially in a sustainable manner.

Improved access and utilization of technology, transparent trade regimes, increased use of resources conservation technologies, an increased adaptation of crops and livestock to climatic stress are the expected outcomes from climate-resilient practices. Most countries have been facing crises due to disasters & conflicts; food security, however, is adversely affected by inadequate food stocks, basic food price fluctuations, high demand for agro-fuels, and abrupt weather changes.

All resilient agriculture practices are guided by principles, which are uniquely applied to each specific climate and bioregion:

  • Progressively improve entire agroecosystems (soil, water, and biodiversity)
  • Create context-specific designs and make holistic decisions that express the essence of each farm
  • Ensure and develop just and reciprocal relationships amongst all stakeholders
  • Continually grow and evolve individuals, farms, and communities to actualize their innate potential

Thematic areas of the conference;

  1. Good Agricultural Practices for Food Security
  • Minimum or No-Till Farming
  • Soil Health Conservation
  • Water Smart Technologies and Management
  • Sustainable Nutrient Management Practices
  • Integrated Farming System
  1. Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Soil Carbon Sequestration
  • Biochar & Terra Preta
  • Impact of Compost on Soil Health & Crop Productivity
  • Bio-fertilizer
  • Better Rice Management
  • Paradoxical Agriculture
  • Drought & Heat Tolerant Genotypes
  • Silage and Enteric Fermentation from Livestock
  1. Modeling Climate Change Impacts on Food Systems
  • Prediction & Decision Support System Modeling
  • Climate Modeling and Future Scenario Generation
  • Cropping System Modeling and Environmental Sustainability
  • Economic Modeling under Changing Climatic Conditions
  • Agroforestry and Companion Crop Modeling
  • Modeling Impact of CC on Fruit Production
  1. Sustainable Livestock Management
  • Climate Change and Livestock Production
  • Impact of Fodder quality on Productivity of Livestock
  • Organic Food and Feed
  • Modeling Climate Change Impact & Livestock Management (LIVSIM model)
  • Silvopasture
  • Livestock Integration and Agro-silvopastoral Systems
  • Managed Grazing
  1. Innovative Tools for Food System Resilience
  • Use of IoTs & Machine Learning in Food System Transformation
  • Agricultural Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Integration of Simulation Modeling & Remote Sensing
  1. Food System Transformation for Future Food Security
  • Crop Diversification for Climatic Resilience and Nutritional Security
  • New Crops for Changing Environment
  • Biofortification
  • Value Addition of Agricultural Produces
  • Functional Food
  1. Policy Perspectives of Climate Resilient Agriculture
  • Scio-economic Aspects of Climate Resilient Agriculture
  • Principles and Practices of Regenerative/Resilient Agriculture
  • Challenges & Opportunity of Climate Resilient Agriculture in Pakistan
  • Policy measures for implementation of Technologies of Climate Resilient Agriculture
  • Climate Resilient Agriculture Assessment Framework