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.
The principle of joined-up food policy has been circulating for at least twenty years, but now is the time to put it into practice, says Dr Kelly Parsons (City University of London).
Cross-stakeholder collaboration is required for food system transformation; a key message from the GFS Resilience of the UK Food System in a Global Context programme’s recent stakeholder event in Edinburgh.