Climate-Smart Agriculture in times of water shortage and water quality challenges

A California-Netherlands Seminar

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Opening Welcome

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

Netherlands Agricultural Minister Martijn van Dam and CDFA Secretary Karen Ross delivered the opening remarks

The current prolonged drought and water quality issues in California highlight a number of challenges related to the water-food-nutrient nexus. This seminar focuses on the need for smart, innovative and sustainable solutions on a variety of scales, from plot level to complete watershed. 

The seminar is part of an ongoing partnership in Climate-Smart Agriculture with the World Food Center, the Consulate General of the Netherlands and the California Departments of Water Resources (DWR) and Food and Agriculture (CDFA). UC Davis has been a member of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture since the first scientific conference in 2011, having also hosted the 2013 conference and co-sponsored the 2015 event. 

The event will be followed by lunch and networking. 

Opening Keynotes

Jenny Lester Moffitt

CDFA Deputy Secretary


Marjolijn Sonnema

Director General of Agro and Nature
Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs

Panel Discussion

Amrith Gunasekara

Science Advisor to the Secretary, CDFA


Peter Brostrom

Section Chief Water Use Efficiency, DWR


Thomas Harter

Groundwater researcher, UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences


Moderated by Josette Lewis

World Food Center


"If we can warm up the planet, we can also cool it - a perspective from a global scale"

Dennis Karpes

Co-Founder of JustDiggit


“Enabling climate-smart agriculture production without compromising water and soil resources and ecosystems. Tools and experiences from The Netherlands"

Deltares/Wageningen University/Priva

Breakout Sessions

Soil Health and Agriculture
Smart Water Use in Micro Irrigation
Nutrient Losses and Eutrophication

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