Although great advances have been made towards global food security production and consumption goals over the past half-century, many people remain food-insecure. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that approximately 1 billion people were undernourished worldwide in 2010. Even though population growth is expected to plateau at some 9 billion people near the middle of this century, continued population and consumption growth add further pressure to the already unmet global demand for food for at least another 40 years. At the same time, growing competition for land, water, and energy, in addition to the overexploitation of fisheries, will seriously impair our productive capacity in regards to producing food. The effects of climate change make the situation much more challenging. One of the great challenges for the 21st century will be to ensure that the global food supply is able to meet sustainably the needs of an unprecedented number of people and to withstand the difficulties posed by climate change. Success in meeting this challenge will require a steady stream of technical and institutional innovations geared towards increasing food production as well as successful adaption to changing climatic conditions.
In response, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) are pleased to jointly host an International Conference on Climate Change and Food Security in Beijing, China. This conference will provide a forum for leading international scientists and young researchers to present their latest research findings, exchange their research ideas and share their experiences in climate change and food security studies. There will be technical sessions, poster sessions, and social events.