Interview Series: Climate Change

Walmart targets climate-smart suppliers

Walmart targets climate-smart suppliers

The world’s largest grocer is exerting its influence on food companies to reduce their environmental impacts, says Walmart sustainability executive Kathleen McLaughlin. Kathleen McLaughlin When an Iowa corn and soy farmer named Tim Richter took the stage at a big sustainability conference organized last fall by Walmart, he had a message for the crowd gathered

Climate-smart agriculture from the ground up

Executing climate-smart agriculture programs in the developing world requires getting back to basics, says global agriculture researcher Bruce Campbell. Bruce CampbellPhoto Credit: V. Meadu (CCAFS) When a farmer in Kenya buys a bag of seeds, he can begin practicing climate-smart agriculture strategies immediately. Inside the seed bag is a scratch card with a code, which

Into the woods: The link between forests and food security

Environmental campaigner Bianca Jagger says restoring forest landscapes is a vital part of climate-smart agriculture. Photo Credit: Denis Makarenko/Shutterstock.comBianca Jagger Bianca Jagger believes there’s no way to ensure that everyone in the world will have enough to eat without overcoming the growing impact of climate change. And that, says Jagger, means bringing back the world’s

Uniting Africa to face climate change

Scaling up climate-smart agriculture strategies means building new alliances both on and off the continent, says Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO of the African Union’s NEPAD agency. Ibrahim Mayaki Former Niger prime minister Ibrahim Assane Mayaki has dedicated his career to improving the lives of fellow Africans. Today, as CEO of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development

Current Series: Climate Change

Implementing and expanding climate-smart agriculture, a term coined just a few years ago by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), will be vital to increased food security in the decades ahead, say global warming experts. And with 14 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions attributed to agriculture, according to FAO, farmers worldwide can play a role in combating global warming even as they sustainably boost productivity.

Agricultural and environmental thought leaders discussed the climate-smart agriculture strategies they believe will be most effective in FutureFood 2050 interviews:

  • Bruce Campbell: Global agriculture researcher who’s helping implement climate-smart agriculture programs in the developing world
  • Daniel Glickman: Former head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), who champions more agricultural research on climate change both in the United States and globally
  • Bianca Jagger: Environmental campaigner dedicated to restoring forest landscapes as a vital component of climate-smart agriculture
  • Ibrahim Mayaki: CEO of an African Union group that’s pushing for new climate-smart agriculture policies on the continent
  • Susan McCouch: Cornell University plant geneticist who sees weeds as part of the solution for adapting crops to thrive in hotter climates
  • Kathleen McLaughlin: Walmart senior vice president of sustainability, who’s leading the company’s newly launched climate-smart agriculture initiative for its supply chain