Symposium on Weather & Climate Extremes, Food Security, & Biodiversity

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 10:00 to Friday, October 24, 2014 - 19:00

Weather, climate, agriculture, & biodiversity experts discuss & develop solutions for global food security & healthy ecosystems.

The International Symposium on Weather and Climate Extremes, Food Security and Biodiversity (ISCEFS), sponsored by George Mason University (GMU), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), will be held on the GMU campus in Fairfax, Va. from 20 to 24 October 2014.

Climate variability and climate change are impacting agriculture and global food security in every part of the world. In particular, the productivity of subsistence farming, on which millions of small holder farmers depend upon for their livelihoods, is significantly impacted by weather and climate. The increasing frequency and magnitude of extreme weather events, such as floods, droughts, heat waves etc., pose potentially disastrous consequences for agriculture and food security, especially in the rain fed areas of developing countries. Weather and climate extremes also have significant impacts on agricultural production in the major breadbaskets of the world, propagating through the countries’ exports, imports, and grain stocks, and greatly affecting global food prices. Agriculture should recognize the importance of biodiversity and ecosystems for its own sustainability and must find ways to protect them. Biodiversity is the source of crops and livestock as well as fish and other wild food sources and provides the diversity of these goods required for a nutritious diet.

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