Following the initial March workshop and independent group work, the second GFS Crop Climate Working Group workshop was held on 18th June 2019. This workshop developed further the themes and case studies identified in March, to demonstrate how joint working and future research between crop breeders and climate modellers can help address the identified gaps in knowledge and research. Discussions ranged from short term climate patterns impacting UK wheat production, integrated cropping systems and climate threats in India, and disease resistance and banana production in South America to longer term transformations to agricultural systems that are resilient to climatic changes. These case studies will be developed further and presented in a joint report, to be published later this year.
Dr John Ingram (University of Oxford) examines how Australia’s reputation as the land of plenty might be its biggest barrier to enhancing its food system resilience.
The lead researcher of a GFS-funded project, funded through the Resilience of the UK Food System in a Global Context research programme, has been appointed as the Food Systems Lead in Defra’s new multidisciplinary research programme.