Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures and Worldwide Universities Network COP21 side event on climate-smart agri-food system at the UN climate change conference in Paris

What are the research challenges associated with developing a climate-smart agri-food system?

Date: Wednesday 2 December 2015
Time: 15.00-16.30 CET
Location: Salle 3 Climate Generations Area (CAG) Pavilion (participation does not require UN accreditation)

Partners: Worldwide Universities Network WUN, University of Leeds, University of Illinois, University of Alberta

Our panel of experts will discuss the challenge of adapting the food system to climate change. These challenges include extreme weather events, crop and soil management, and evolution of the market such as using demand side measures to change attitudes and waste. The panel will also look at the issue of using GM to increase yield potential – which could increase yields without increasing inputs on land already in use.


  • Prof. Tim Benton, UK Champion for Global Food Security, University of Leeds
  • Prof. Steve Long, FRS, Institute of Genomic Biology, University of Illinois
  • Prof. Duncan Cameron, P3 Plant Production and Protection, The University of Sheffield
  • Prof. Michelle Holdsworth, School of Health and Related Research, The University of Sheffield
  • Prof. Debra Davidson, Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, University of Alberta
  • Chair. Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof. Tony Ryan OBE, Director of The Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, The University of Sheffield