Before launching the LICCI project we conducted an online survey to capture “experts’ opinion” about the feasibility of incorporating LICCIs in climate change studies. The survey was completed by 190 Spanish scientists working on climate change issues who gave their opinion about the potential contribution of LICCI to improve our understanding of climate change effects in the climatic, physical, biological and in the human food-production systems at the local level. Survey results will be available soon! Link to the survey
Neglected and underutilized crops and climate change adaptation
by Anna Porcuna-Ferrer
Are you looking for Master Thesis topic? Are you interested in climate change and neglected or underutilized crops? Then, don’t hesitate to apply. Call for application is now open.
In the last decades there has been a dramatic decline in agrobiodiversity in farmers’ fields worldwide. Global food security has become increasingly dependent on a limited number of varieties and few major crops. The situation has driven attention to “neglected and underutilized crops” (NUS), which have traditionally been excluded from research and development agenda and ignored by policy-makers. NUS are generally nutritionally rich traditional varieties adapted to risky and fragile environments and which do not require high inputs. Previous research suggests that NUS have untapped potential for reducing risks and adapting to climate change.
The proposed MSc thesis topic seeks to understand how climate change affects the management and diversity of NUS preserved on-farm and the potentials of NUS for climate change adaptation.
Coming from six different countries located across three different continents, the LICCI team met in November 2018 at ICTA-UAB (Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain) to put their brains together and get their hands on the work of bringing local knowledge into climate change research.