A new convergent science framework for food system sustainability in an uncertain climate

Sixt, G N and Hauser, M and Blackstone, N T and Engler, A and Hatfield, J and Hendriks, S L and Ihouma, S and Madramootoo, C and Robins, R J and Smith, P and Ziska, L H and Webb, P (2022) A new convergent science framework for food system sustainability in an uncertain climate. Food and Energy Security, 11. 01-07. ISSN 2048-3694

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The complexity and interconnectivity of food systems and climate requires new thinking and research designs that better address the real-world challenges of securing the resilience and sustainability of human and environmental systems. Central to such an approach is coherent action across sectors and scales. Although inter-and transdisciplinary approaches are widely discussed, no convergence model exists to detect and prepare for food system vulnerabilities emerging from disruptions in climate systems, or to address the contributions to climate change from food system functions. Convergence research is critical to solving these vexing dynamics by integrating knowledge from multiple scientific domains to inform societal action. Here, we present a new convergent science model that incorporates four key components at the global, national and local level. Through the newly created Food and Climate Systems Transformation Alliance, we are now operationalizing, testing and refining the model to promote science convergence for tackling systemic vulnerabilities in the current food paradigm. Globally, funding relating to climate change and food systems transformation needs to pivot to support the levels of ambition, magnitude of need and complexity of challenges posed.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Research Program : East & Southern Africa
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate change, convergence, food systems, transformation, vulnerability
Subjects: Others > Food Production
Others > Sustainable Agriculture
Others > Climate Change
Depositing User: Mr Nagaraju T
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2023 11:08
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2023 11:08
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/12199
Official URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/f...
Acknowledgement: The authors wish to thank the members of the FACT Alliance who have dedicated their time and effort into conceptualising and building this global consortium.
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