Building Sustainable Climate Solutions for Food Security – ACToday Project

Highlights from the Reducing Climate Threats to Food Systems Event,
Video by Jaqueline Turner (full event recording can be found at the bottom of this page)

On September 24, during Climate Week NYC, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society and Columbia World Projects hosted an event to showcase the successes of its Adapting Agriculture to Climate Today, for Tomorrow (ACToday) project, which is working to reduce climate threats to food systems in Bangladesh, Colombia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Senegal and Vietnam.

The event, “Reducing Climate Threats to Food Systems: Highlights from the First Columbia World Project,” explored how ACToday has strengthened the capacities and capabilities of national climate institutions in each of the six countries and highlighted ways in which ACToday teams are training staff at national ministries, agriculture extension services and research institutions to become more sophisticated users of climate information for decision making.

Wafaa El-Sadr, Director of Columbia World Projects and Alex Halliday, Founding Dean of the Columbia Climate School took part in the conversation, which was moderated by Walter Baethgen, Senior Research Scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society. IRI’s Tufa Dinku, Ángel G. Muñoz, and Mélody Braun each presented on different innovations of ACToday.

This map illustrates the countries in which ACToday operates and some economic facts for each.