Copenhagen and Beyond

Three Perspectives on Agriculture and Climate Change

Date: 
January 19, 2010
Time: 
12:15 pm – 1:45 pm. Please join us for a light lunch beginning at 11:45 am

Presenter(s): 
Panelists: William Hohenstein, USDA; David Waskow, Oxfam America; Gerald Nelson, IFPRI; Chair: Mark Rosegrant, Director, Environment and Production Technology Division, IFPRI
Contact/RSVP: 

Simone Hill-Lee, Tel: 202.862.8107; s.hill-lee@cgiar.org

Location: 

International Food Policy Research Institute
2033 K Street, NW, Washington, DC
Fourth Floor Conference Facility

Abstract

The climate change negotiations in Copenhagen:

A. failed miserably,
B. were rescued at the last minute, or
C. resulted in a promising set of new initiatives that will ultimately lead to a binding international treaty.

William Hohenstein (USDA), David Waskow (Oxfam), and Gerald Nelson (IFPRI) will provide perspectives on which of these three outcomes ultimately prevailed, how to remove the brackets in the negotiating text, and what the future might hold for policies and programs for agricultural climate change adaptation and mitigation.

William Hohenstein serves as the Director of the Climate Change Program Office (CCPO) at the USDA. The CCPO serves as a focal point for support to the Secretary of Agriculture on the causes and consequences of climate change, as well as for strategies for addressing climate change.

David Waskow is the Climate Change Program Director in the Washington office of Oxfam America. He was previously the international program director at Friends of the Earth - US.

Gerald Nelson is a Senior Research Fellow in IFPRI’s Environment and Production Technology Division.

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