Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger launched Columbia World Projects in hopes of fulfilling a ‘Fourth Purpose’ of universities: supporting activities that focus the University’s research, expertise and resources to develop real and sustainable solutions for some of society’s most intractable problems.
This event showcases the strategy and successes of the first Columbia World Project––Adapting Agriculture to Climate Today, for Tomorrow (ACToday)––which is led by the Climate School's International Research Institute for Climate and Society.
In its five years, ACToday worked to combat hunger by increasing climate knowledge in six countries that are particularly dependent on agriculture and vulnerable to the effects of climate variability and change: Bangladesh, Colombia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Senegal and Vietnam.
Through trainings and co-development of scientific and technical tools, ACToday strengthened the capacities and capabilities of national climate institutions in these countries to better meet the needs of the public and private sector institutions they serve. This has led to an increased demand for these climate services, not only in the food-security community but also in energy, public health and other sectors. In a similar fashion, ACToday teams trained thousands of staff at national ministries, agriculture extension services and research institutions to become more sophisticated users of climate information for decision making.
Come learn about the foundational changes ACToday was able to make that will continue to transform approaches to achieving food security in each country for years.
A detailed agenda and speaker list will be posted shortly. A reception will follow the program.
Portions of the event will be live-streamed. Please register for either in-person or virtual attendance. Please note that attendees at in-person events at Columbia University must adhere to the University's health and safety policy, which includes mandatory COVID-19 vaccination.
This event is part of Climate Week NYC. The Climate Group has selected the Columbia Climate School as its university partner for this year’s Climate Week NYC. Running from September 19 - 25, Climate Week NYC convenes key climate leaders to accelerate climate action and is the biggest global climate event of its kind. Check out all of the Columbia Climate School’s Climate Week events and content on our website: https://www.climate.columbia.edu/climate-week