Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

PhD discussion group on agriculture – climate – forests – food

Date: 01 March 2017
Time: 12:00 - 13:00
Location: Room C84, Leeuwenborch, Wageningen University

Short description

This interdisciplinary discussion group on agriculture, forests and climate change focuses on interactions, trade-offs and synergies between agriculture, climate and forestry. It invites PhDs (but also postdocs and researchers) from Wageningen working on or interested in agriculture, climate, forests and food to discuss scientific papers and documents (including key publications, PhD proposals, theoretical innovations etc). In each session, organized around a central theme, one or more PhD researchers or external speakers present their work.

The discussion group meets every 2 months, usually on a Tuesday. PhD candidates organize and plan the meetings, with input from the REDD@WUR and CSA@WUR networks.


Agriculture is at the heart of most (low-income) economies, and it provides livelihoods for the majority of the poor, meanwhile contributing to feeding the world’s population. A changing climate poses threats to agricultural yields, which puts further pressure on remaining forests, if leading to the extension of cultivated areas. Agriculture is simultaneously an important driver of deforestation and of climate change, mainly through GHG emissions from fertilizers, animal manure, and methane emissions from livestock and rice cultivation.

Both REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) and climate-smart agriculture (CSA) are policies to address these issues.
Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) is an effort to create a financial value for the carbon stored in forests, offering incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions from forested lands and invest in low-carbon paths to sustainable development. "REDD+" goes beyond deforestation and forest degradation, and includes the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks. Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is an integrative approach to address the interlinked challenges of food security and climate change, with three explicit objectives: (1) sustainably increasing agricultural productivity, to support equitable increases in farm incomes, food security and development; (2) adapting and building resilience of agricultural and food security systems to climate change at multiple levels; and (3) reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture (including crops, livestock and -fisheries). CSA considers these three objectives together at different scales - from farm to landscape – at different levels - from local to global - and over short and long time horizons, taking into account national and local specificities and priorities.

Upcoming meeting(s)

1 March 2017:
Presentation: Designers and Decision Makers in Actionable Knowledge Production: the Development of Hydro-weather Information Services for Peri-urban Farming
Speaker: Rebecca Sarku
Chair group: Public Administration and Policy, Wageningen University
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> Set up of this discussion group

For more information on REDD+ network, please contact Sarah Carter (, Jessica de Koning ( or visit the webpage.
> REDD+ research network for science, policy and services

For more information on the CSA@WUR network please contact

Past meetings

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