"Transforming food systems under a changing climate" with Dr Ana María Loboguerrero

06 December 2018

This is a joint lecture with The Rockefeller Foundation Economic Council on Planetary Health at the Oxford Martin School

Ana María Loboguerrero, Head of Global Policy Research at CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) will present an initiative for transforming food systems under a changing climate. This initiative envisions a world in which all people, including future generations, are well-nourished and food secure, achieved through transformed food systems that are sustainably managing current and future stresses, climatic and non-climatic. These food systems will be building on the capacities and empowerment of people to strengthen their resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters while contributing to emissions reductions and/or capturing of GHG, to a sustainable land-use and to the protection of ecosystems, considering efforts along the food value chain.

Ana Maria will set out a framework to promote radical change in value chains, and transformation of how ecosystems are maintained, and on how policies, human behaviour, financing, and the political economy can fundamentally solve the most challenging problems with respect to food, agriculture and climate change.

Dr Ana María Loboguerrero Rodríguez is Head of Global Policy Research of the CGIAR Research Program for Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), based at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture - CIAT. In this position, she plays a major role in leadership on partnerships and capacity for scaling Climate-Smart Agriculture that cuts across all CCAFS Flagships and Regions and all CGIAR Research Programs. She also manages global engagement processes and global synthesis topics that cut across all CCAFS Flagship Leaders. She also leads the Latin American Section of CCAFS. In this position she plays a major role in partnership development aimed to build impact pathways so that knowledge in climate change leads to implementation. Through CCAFS, she has contributed to strengthen the agricultural sector in Latin America so that it is not totally dependent on climate variability, but on the contrary, it manages climate to its advantage, or at least to avoid the bulk of negative consequences. She has used her experience working in the public sector to become a key partner of policy makers and planners in the region so that they truly use climate information and tools to design and implement plans and strategies and find ways to make climate information useful and applicable for end-users.

Dr Loboguerrero holds a Master and a PhD on Economics from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has more than 10 years’ experience of working on climate change challenges. Previously, she worked at the Sustainable Environmental Development Deputy Directorate of the National Planning Department of Colombia as coordinator of climate change. While at the deputy directorate, she led the formulation of the Colombian Climate Change Policy, the National Adaptation Plan, the National Development Plan and the research agenda on climate change as well as coordinated technical support for the Colombian Low Carbon Growth Strategy. She has also worked as an external expert panel member of the evaluation of FAO work in climate change mitigation and adaptation.