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.
Unintended consequences of cash crop production in Eastern Uganda demonstrate the need for holistic thinking and multi-pronged action
Sugarcane production is a major industry in Uganda, however growing the cash crop often has negative impacts for local farmers. Denis Muwanguzi explains why holistic thinking and multi-pronged action are needed.
New GFS policy lab report explores how adopting a multifunctional landscapes approach can optimise the ecosystem services provided by our landscapes and boost food system resilience in the UK.