Linking food security science with policy-creation using future scenarios

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 10:30

Researchers can, and are already, playing a major part in supporting leaders to create new policies that can help improve food security. A new article in Global Environmental Change provides valuable lessons that can be helpful in attempts to better connect food security science with policy-creation.

A new paper, Challenges to scenario-guided adaptive action on food security under climate change, outlines some of the challenges and required steps for researchers to better engage with decision-makers to ensure flexible policies that take uncertainty into consideration.

In order to better influence and support decisions made about a changing and uncertain future by leading profiles, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has been using scenarios, which are narratives describing multiple contrasting ways in which the future could develop. Future explorative scenarios can be described in words, numbers or images. CCAFS Scenarios team has been using these pathways as a tool for science-policy dialogue.

Read more about this publication on the CCAFS website:
A step in the right direction: helping decision-makers ensure a food secure future

Read the article [open access]:
Challenges to scenario-guided adaptive action on food security under climate change, Vervoort J, Thornton PK, Kristjanson P, Förch W, Ericksen P, Kok K, Ingram JSI, Herrero M, Palazzo A, Helfgott A, Wilkinson A, Havlik P, Mason-D’Croz D, Jost C. 2014. Challenges to scenario-guided adaptive action on food security under climate change. Global Environmental Change.

Learn more about CCAFS work on Future Scenarios

Photo of scenarios workshop in South East Asia: Elisabeth van de Grift

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