INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ‘CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE’

‘Climate Smart Agriculture: The way of farming for 21st Century’

World population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050 and climate change is now a reality rather than a myth. Food production systems are most vulnerable to climate change and it is a serious threat to food security especially in the developing countries. Pakistan is steadily among the top ten most prone countries to climate change and has witnessed adverse impacts due to climate extremes in recent past. During the past two decades, the country faced the effects of weather extremes, such as devastating floods (2010 and 2014), drought (1998-2002), heat waves, cyclones, smog and temperature extremes. Erratic and unpredicted weather patterns especially changes in rainfall distribution lead to reduced agricultural productivity and cause disturbance in the existing farming systems. Condition becomes worst as the country has already been declared as water-scarce. It has threatened the food security and may produce devastating impacts on livelihoods of poor farmers. Risks due to unprecedented climatic changes and weather extremes increase many folds due to lack of awareness to cope with situations or early warning system to avoid major losses. These situations are specifically damaging for small land holding farming communities. Existing technologies and approaches seem inadequate to minimize climate change led losses or to develop climate resilient farming systems to achieve sustainable production and food security. Therefore, it is the time to explore new technologies and approaches to develop climate resilient farming systems in the country. Research collaboration, sharing of ideas, knowledge transfer and brainstorming sessions can prove beneficial in this regard.

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The conference will be held at Muhammad Nawaz Shareef University of Agriculture, Multan, Pakistan. It is an emerging university with good linkages with progressive farmers of the area, research institutes and agricultural departments present in the periphery of the university. The city is well connected with the world through international air flights and connected to the rest of Pakistan by local air fights, railways.

Participants from other countries will make their own arrangements for obtaining the Pakistani visa by contacting the Pakistani Embassies and Consulates in their home countries. If needed, the organizers will send official letters to the interested people confirming their participation in the conference. For assistance please e-mail by csac.21century@mnsuam.edu.pk

The weather in Multan during October ranges from pleasant to hot, when night temperatures are around 17 ⁰C, while during the day the temperatures get over 32 ⁰C.

Conference has been designed in collaboration with Hochschule Geisenhelm University, Germany under the framework of DAAD funded project to mitigate climate change for food security. The International Conference will provide insight into: highlighting the climate smart agriculture emerging science and innovation practices, providing resilience to farming system against negative impact of climate change; an assessment of scientific knowledge and capacity to adopt climate smart agriculture; opportunities and options for the success of climate smart agriculture (CSA) under current scenarios within the context of Paris Agreement on climate change; to provide inspiring environment with the purpose to produce innovative ideas and grounds for implementation of CSA in Pakistan; enable networking and provide opportunities for collaborations and alliances on climate smart agriculture; stimulate and facilitate discussions and dialogues between stakeholders including scientists-researchers and practitioners including policy makers, business, civil society and farmers.

Abstracts and papers may be submitted as MS word document by conference email address, csac.21century@mnsuam.edu.pk
All of the abstracts and selected full length articles will be published in conference proceedings.

Post graduate students from Pakistan and around the world are encouraged to market their innovative research via poster presentation in the conference. A team of honorable national and international scientists will evaluate posters including a five minute presentation. The best three posters will be awarded with prizes. The poster size should be adhered to 90 × 120 cm in vertical format.

The Conference is open to all interested constituencies including researchers, scientists, academia, extension workers, policy makers, faculty members, development champions and practitioners, private sector players, progressive farmers, postgraduate students and all others stakeholders across the world.

About 350 participants (scientists, academia, researchers, students, policy makers, agriculture experts, progressive farmers and stakeholders) across the worlds will have an opportunity to meet and share knowledge and develop public private partnership about climate smart agriculture for a sustainable and secure food future in Pakistan. It will provide platform to discuss practical innovative solutions for climate smart agriculture system adoption in Pakistan. It will discover smart strategies including ICT, support farmers through technology, soil fertility management, water saving techniques, mechanization, precision farming and cropping diversification to improve productivity of agricultural system. The conference will provide a forum for institutions, researchers, faculties, young scientists and stakeholders to promote linkages and discuss future opportunities for joint research and knowledge exchange. It is believed that this conference will provide opportunities for better future planning and adaptability of climate smart agricultural system and future farming systems.

The conference will focus on but not limited to the following major themes.

  • CSA Innovations, Strategies and Solutions
  • Global Warming and Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture
  • Prediction and Decision Support Modeling
  • GHGs and Carbon Sequestration to Mitigate Climate Change
  • Resource Use Efficiency
  • Challenges and Opportunities of Precision Agriculture in Pakistan
  • Food and Nutrition Security (bio-fortification and related approaches)
Topics Dates
Abstracts/Posters submission August 5, 2018
Notification of Abstract/Poster August 15, 2018
Full Paper Submission August 31, 2018
Early Bird Registration August 31, 2018

Department of Agronomy MNS-University of Agriculture-Multan-Pakistan Held on October 08-09, 2018 at Muhammad Nawaz Shareef University of Agriculture Multan-Punjab, Pakistan

Dr. Muhammad Habib ur Rahman

Conference Secretary
Email: habib.rahman@mnsuam.edu.pk
Phone: +923346448565
Prof. Dr. Asif Ali (Patron in Chief)
Prof. Dr. Shafqat Saeed (Patron)
Dr. Abdul Ghaffar (Chief Organizer)
Dr. Ghulam Haider (Convener)
Dr. Amar Matloob (Member)
Dr. Fahim Nawaz (Member)
Dr. Muqarrab Ali (Member)
Dr. Rao M. Ikram (Member)
Dr. Khurram Mubeen (Member)
Dr. M. Asif Shahzad (Member)
Dr. Shahid Iqbal (Member)
Mr. Mudassir Aziz (Member)
• Mr. Nabeel Ahmad Ikram (Member)
Dr. M. Habib ur Rahman (Secretary)