CCAFS

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.

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By Abrar Chaudhury.

In a recent panel discussion at the World Economic Forum 2014 - “Doing Business the Right Way” an audience member asked Richard Goyder, CEO of Wesfarmer and Australia’s G20 business leader about when businesses could be expected to formally adopt the triple bottom line (TBL) i.e. incorporate the social and environmental bottom lines along with the economic bottom line. His response was that “the only thing in the financial statements that (one) can believe in is the cashflow statement” as profits are somewhat arbitrary.  Without “generating cash you go broke”, he emphasized, so businesses need to survive first before social and environmental responsibility can be demonstrated.

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By Chase Sova.

Emerging economies often look to the United States as a model for how to grow their agricultural sectors. Doing so when climate impacts strike, however, may yield more questions than answers.

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By Jessica Thorn, Biodiversity Institute in the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford

With the closing of COP19 in Warsaw last month, some may be disappointed that negotiating parties put a hard stop around negotiating adaptation to climate change  for agriculture and land use. Rather than reaching concrete political commitments now, debates remain around what should be done for policy and science in the future. Considering the complex difficulties in bridging gaps between what is and what should be, it is not surprising that the burden will be continue fall on 2.5 billion people depending on subsistence agriculture. This only highlights the utility of considering the future for action now.

Jessica Thorn, of the Systemic Integrated Adaptation program of CCAFS (Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security) reports on an impact evaluation study that was conducted in Nepal in recent months. Her research assesses the impact of adaptations to land management of smallholders on ecosystem processes, goods, and services. And many of the themes that arise hone in on cooperation, collaboration, and knowledge sharing to develop more sustainable solutions.

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University of Oxford Grade 7 scale £29,541 – £36,298 per annum, pro rata.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 8 November

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant position to work in the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) with the Food Systems research team for a period of 12 weeks, reporting to John Ingram, the ECI Food Systems Programme Leader. The post holder will have responsibility for carrying out research in support of the ‘Food and climate justice’ project under the joint supervision of ECI, CCAFS and Oxfam. This project will build on the Oxfam briefing paper ‘Growing disruption: climate change, food and the fight against hunger’ and will consider how change in climate variability alters the conditions that commonly weaken poor people’s access to food and utilisation of food, and with what effects.

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CCAFS Policy Guidance Coordinator

School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford

Grade 7: £29,541 p.a.

The CCAFS research programme is a major research partnership between the CGIAR and the global environmental change community. Within the CCAFS program, multi-stakeholder regional scenarios are developed and used in planning and research in East Africa, West Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Central America and the Andes region. Scenarios are alternate, plausible futures that capture uncertainties and systems complexity in a coherent and plausible fashion.

We seek a Policy Guidance Coordinator to further the impact of the scenarios development on actual policy and decision making processes. We use a “back-casting” method with stakeholders to identify critical policy outcomes, and then develop strategies and interventions to ensure these can be achieved under alternate scenarios. The policy guidance coordinator will play a critical role in the further process of embedding these strategies in ongoing and new institutional processes and investment plans.

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People » Jessica Thorn

DPhil Student, Department of Zoology

Assessing the impact of land management strategies of small-holder farmers on ecosystem processes, goods and services, and human well-being in a changing climate

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People » Abrar Chaudhury

DPhil Student, Environmental Change Institute

Financial and Institutional Design of Climate Change Adaptation

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People » Meghan Bailey

DPhil Student, Environmental Change Institute

Robust Adaptation Planning and Decision-Making: a comparative study of subsistence-oriented communities in the Indo-Gangetic Plain and West Africa.

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People » Chase Sova

DPhil Student, Environmental Change Institute

Chase's research is on climate change adaptation within the agricultural sector.

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