Distinguished Scholar Seminar

Friday, July 15, 2011 at 1:00pm

122 Frazier Rogers Hall


 Gerald Nelson 
Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, DC
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Title: “Food Security, Farming, and Climate Change to 2050: Scenarios, Results, Policy Options


Abstract: This seminar presents the results of a December 2010 study by IFPRI researchers on how climate change exacerbates the already-large food security challenges we face. Scenarios to 2050 illustrate both the magnitude of the challenge as well as the consequences of the uncertainties in both socioeconomic and climate futures. The study, and added information, is available at www.ifpri.org/climate-change.


Gerald Nelson is Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, DC and leader of Theme 2: Unlocking the potential of macro-level policies for The CGIAR Challenge Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS). He also leads the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded project “Global Futures for Agriculture: Integrated Modeling and Scenario Assessment for Ex-ante Research Evaluation” and the BMZ/GTZ funded project “Strategies for Adapting to Climate Change in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa: Targeting the Most Vulnerable”. His research includes global modeling of the interactions among agriculture, land use, and climate change; consequences of macro-economic, sector and trade policies and climate change on land use and the environment using remotely sensed, geographic and socioeconomic data; and the assessment of the effects of genetically modified crops on the environment. Jerry was the coordinating lead author of the Drivers chapter of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Scenarios work. Prior to joining IFPRI, he was Professor at the Department of Agricultural Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois, served as Visiting Scholar at the Economic Research Service at the US Department of Agriculture, and was Specialist and Visiting Assistant Professor at the Agricultural Development (ADC) and the University of the Philippines.


Looking forward to seeing all on July 15!!


Carolyn Cox

Coordinator, Florida Climate Institute                              

University of Florida

PO Box 110570

Gainesville, FL 32611

Ph: 352.392.1864 x 233

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