The CGIAR Development Dialogues 2014

25 Sept 2014, Faculty House,Columbia University, New York, United States.

Toward action on climate and sustainable development

Forestry, agriculture, livestock, fisheries, landscapes, food systems – these all play a vital and complex role in the search for answers on climate and sustainable development action.

The inaugural CGIAR Development Dialogues were held in New York on 25 September, drawing attention to this vital role, with the goal of informing policy interventions and other efforts to address pressing global challenges.

CIFOR co-hosted Session 4.1 of the Dialogues, in which panelists and participants explored integrated landscape approaches for agriculture, forestry and other land uses. Landscape approaches can support efforts to develop food systems that can feed the planet sustainably amid global trends such as climate change, population growth, increasing poverty and the feminization of agriculture.

For more details, see the CGIAR program page for the event.

Sessions hosted by

Official affiliate of:



H.E. Manuel Pulgar-Vidal

Minister of Environment, Peru; President of the UNFCCC COP20

Bina Agarwal

Professor of Development Economics and Environment, University of Manchester, UK

Kwesi Atta-Krah

Director, CGIAR Research Program on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics

Cristián Samper

President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society

Peter Holmgren

Director General, Center for International Forestry Research


Theme 4: Climate change-resilient agroecosystems

  • 4.1

    The “land sparing” vs. “land sharing” debate that often emerges in the context of competing land uses tends to be presented as a black or white dichotomy. But the question of how to maximize the overall benefits of land use is highly nuanced and influenced by a range of interacting factors, be they geographic, ecological, economic, social or political.

    In exploring these nuances, this Learning Event looked for tangible recommendations on how a landscape approach can contribute to positive overall outcomes for agriculture, forestry and ecosystem services provision.


    Peter Holmgren


    1. Manuel Pulgar-Vidal
    2. Bina Agarwal
    3. Kwesi Atta-Krah
    4. Cristián Samper


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  • 4.2

    Climate-smart agriculture aims to transform the world food system into one that results in greater productivity and food security for farmers and consumers, resilience and adaptation to climate change, and reductions in emissions across landscapes. But how can these aims be integrated into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

    By articulating current policy momentum and priorities around climate change and food, the session aimed to highlight the role of CGIAR research in creating synergies and navigating trade-offs in order to meet both the SDGs and the objectives of climate-smart agriculture.


    Lindiwe Sibanda


    • Marion Guillou
    • Cheryl Palm
    • Youba Sokona


    Hosted by

    CRP Research Programs on:
    Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security
    Water, Land and Ecosystems
    Forests, Trees and Agroforestry


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