Model-based Integrated Assessment of Food Security

Speaker: Professor James Jones, University of Florida

Date: Thursday, February 13th

Time: 4.30pm - 5.30pm, followed by drinks reception

Venue: Lecture Theatre B, Department of Zoology, South Parks Road

About the Talk:

The Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Program (AgMIP) goals are to substantially improve the capabilities for evaluating food security at local to global scales by improving agricultural models and protocol-based methods for using them.

In this talk, Professor James Jones will summarize the overall framework being developed and used by AgMIP contributors globally, with an emphasis on evaluation of technology and policy options for increasing productivity and reducing poverty at multiple scales, taking into account future climate change as well as future trends in other major factors affecting food security. Example results from AgMIP teams in Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia will be shown.

James W. Jones, Distinguished Professor:

Conducts interdisciplinary research and education aimed at providing information and technologies to guide societal responses to climate change. Co-PI of the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Program (AgMIP –, with activities in Africa, Asia, and the US.

Developer and co-leader of the Southeast Climate Consortium (SECC), a NOAA Regional Integrated Science Assessment (RISA) Center of six universities in three SE states, which conducts research on climate change/variability for use in management of agriculture and natural resources ( and

His research and teaching fields are mathematical modeling of plant growth and environmental interactions (with soil and atmosphere); analysis of agricultural systems for research and decision support applications; climate effects on cropping systems; climate risk management and decision support for agriculture and water resources; integration of crop models with other tools for application at field and broader spatial scales; and providing leadership in communities of agricultural systems modeling.

Leader in modeling cropping systems and applying those models for improving agricultural productivity and resource use efficiency in countries worldwide. Organizer and teacher in many courses worldwide on concepts and applications of agricultural systems models for assessment of climate and management responses during the last twenty-five years. Member of the National Academy of Engineering; Fellow of the AAAS, ASABE, SSSA, and ASA; and many other recognitions and awards.

This talk is being hosted jointly by the ECI Food System Research Group and the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food.

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