World Food Center launches the Climate-Smart Story Project

In Brief

  • The project connects UC Davis research to the stories of farmers and ranchers tackling climate change in our food systems.
  • UC Davis connections in global engagement for climate-smart agriculture propel the project.
  • The goal is to show how agriculturalists and researchers are adapting to climate, mitigating climate change-inducing emissions and sustainably increasing yields for a growing planet.

The magazine-style multimedia project illustrates the role of UC Davis in advancing science-based solutions through global engagement in climate-smart agriculture.

Weeks after showcasing UC Davis on the official U.S stage at the United Nations climate talks in Morocco, the World Food Center is again highlighting the campus’ climate-smart research, this time through a project connecting the personal stories of farmers and ranchers to the research and policy solutions tackling this global challenge.

“Research at UC Davis helps our California growers stay at the leading edge of innovation necessary to compete in global markets and also to be good stewards of the environment,” said Josette Lewis, associate director at the World Food Center, at the U.N. conference. “We’re pleased to take these lessons globally and share our expertise working with other countries around the world.”

Lessons learned and lessons shared

UC Davis Takes California Drought Lessons Global

UC Davis teams up with the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture to share California research stories

The experiences California can share are many: from droughts to rising seas, heat waves to wildfires. UC Davis, as a top-ranked university for food and agricultural research, is engaged in finding solutions to these growing threats to the food system, both in California and around the world.

Since the first global scientific conference in 2011, UC Davis faculty have been advancing the link between science and policy within the framework of international climate-smart agriculture, hosting the next conference in 2013 and serving on the steering committees for the next two gatherings. As a founding member of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture, UC Davis joins 144 governments, institutions, organizations and businesses. They are together sharing knowledge and experience among researchers and ranchers, farmers and food companies, policymakers and civil society organizations.

Through this global network, the World Food Center is partnering on climate-smart solutions, convening thought leaders from leading institutions like the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Resources Institute and global food companies.

Documenting the stories of drought, famine and refugees

UC Davis teams up with the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture to share California research stories

UC Davis soils scientist Louise Jackson on the need for Climate-Smart Agriculture.

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Each story is framed by UC Davis research and stands alone in the style of a magazine issue, weaving personal narratives through a suite of storytelling tools to reach critical issues playing out on the global stage.

For one story, the Climate-Smart project is teaming up with an international research center to portray the impact of one UC Davis graduate student through her collaborative work in remote Ugandan villages.

Through the lens of research and extension

As a public land-grant university, UC Davis has long been committed to the well-being of California’s farmers and ranchers. Today those growers are connected to an international marketplace of food and to a complex world where immediate gains are often met with tradeoffs for future generations and where solutions rarely cross all borders.

Yet a few simple truths give this project its foundation: With climate change, the most powerful currency is science-based knowledge. With the information age, the most powerful medium is the human story. And with this project, the most complex question today—how to sustainably feed a booming population in a radically changing world—has one timeless solution: to show the hope.