Parallel Session 4.1: Transformative agriculture – Part 1 (WRI)


WRI with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is conducting in-depth research to support adaptation planners, funders and policy makers to plan for longer-term, more systemic – i.e. transformative – changes to agricultural systems that will be required when incremental adaptation approaches are no longer adequate to meet the challenge of feeding a growing population.


  • Engage participants to crowdsource agricultural adaptation priorities, methods and technologies, discuss how transformative adaptation could be integrated into NAPs and other agricultural development plans and priorities, learn from the experiences of countries that are already doing this, and brainstorm on opportunities to accelerate transformative adaptation planning.
  • Share the results of research and recommendations on four key agricultural areas where transformative adaptation will be needed: crop research and development, livestock production, water management and climate information services.

Expected outcomes

At the end of the session, participants will have gained an understanding of:

  • What it is, why it’s needed, how it differs from agricultural transformation;
  • Where current adaptation efforts may not be enough to address projected climate impacts;
  • Whether and how these concerns are being addressed in NAPs – and if not, why, and what are key challenges.

Draft agenda

  • Introduction: Overview of session, introductions of facilitators and objectives (5 min)
  • Activity: Crowd sourcing transformative adaptation in agriculture priorities (15 min)
  • Panel: Lessons from integrating transformative adaptation in agriculture into NAPs (30 min)
    • Brazil – lots of landscape changes
    • Moldova – big on “alternative crops” and introduction of low water demand crops
    • Morocco – conversion of nearly one million hectares of grain to fruit
    • Sri Lanka – mapping future climates to recommend appropriate crops to reduce climate change impacts
    • Bolivia – transition to new types of livestock production
    • China – landscape changes, crop technology
    • Uruguay – large scale landscape restoration (silvopastoral systems; regenerative grassland management)
    • Others include India, Ethiopia, Costa Rica
  • Group Discussion (30 min)
  • Wrap up (10 min)

Sectoral issues
Location: Room 206 Date: April 10, 2019 Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm