Call for Papers


Although great advances have been made towards global food security production and consumption goals over the past half-century, many people remain food-insecure. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that approximately 1 billion people were undernourished worldwide in 2010.  Even though population growth is expected to plateau at some 9 billion people near the middle of this century, continued population and consumption growth add further pressure to the already unmet global demand for food for at least another 40 years. At the same time, growing competition for land, water, and energy, in addition to the overexploitation of fisheries, will seriously impair our productive capacity in regards to producing food. The effects of climate change make the situation much more challenging.  One of the great challenges for the 21st century will be to ensure that the global food supply is able to meet sustainably the needs of an unprecedented number of people and to withstand the difficulties posed by climate change.  Success in meeting this challenge will require a steady stream of technical and institutional innovations geared towards increasing food production as well as successful adaption to changing climatic conditions.

In response, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) are pleased to jointly host an International Conference on Climate Change and Food Security in Beijing, China. This conference will provide a forum for leading international scientists and young researchers to present their latest research findings, exchange their research ideas and share their experiences in climate change and food security studies. There will be technical sessions, poster sessions, and social events.

You are cordially invited to participate in this event by attending the symposium and by delivering a paper. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings and may also be selected for publication in two international SCI journals.


Friendship Hotel, Beijing, China


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Framing climate change and agricultural vulnerability: the facts, the future and uncertainty
  • Estimating trends in impacts of climate change on food security: cropping patterns, crop yields, pests and diseases, irrigation, carbon fertilization, food storage and distribution, food accessibility and utilization, household income
  • Managing climate variability and risk: seasonal forecasts, index-based insurance, climate information services
  • Accelerating adaptation to progressive climate change: technology development, agricultural practices
  • Enabling policy interventions and actions: policy supports, economic incentives
  • Improving measurement and monitoring: data, models and systems

Important Dates

  • Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30 June 2011
  • Notification of acceptance: 31 July 2011
  • Deadline for submission of full paper: 31 September 2011
  • Final Program available: 20 October 2011

Submission and Publication of Papers

Authors are invited to submit electronically original, English-language research contributions or experience reports not concurrently submitted elsewhere. Abstracts should be typed in the Word for Windows PC format. Abstract submissions should be 400 words or less in format listed below. Please submit your abstract to: by 30 June 2011.

Format of Abstract

Title of paper (in Times New Roman, pt 12, BOLD)

Name of author, affiliation, full address and Email (in Times New Roman, pt 12, BOLD)

Abstract (single space, Times New Roman, pt 12)

Key words (Times New Roman, pt 12, BOLD)

All abstracts will be reviewed by two or three reviewers for quality, originality and relevance. Notification will be communicated via email to authors by 31 July 2011. After receiving the ‘Acceptance Letter’, authors should prepare their papers and send the full manuscript to organizing committee ( by 31 September 2011.

All accepted papers will be included in the CD of the symposium’s proceedings. In addition, selected papers will be published as special issues of two international SCI journals after the conference. Authors wishing to have their paper considered for publication in the special issues should also submit their full papers in the journal format.

Registration Fees

Before and on 1 September 2011 After 1 September 2011
Attendee RMB 1300 or USD 200 RMB 1500 or USD 250
Full-time Student RMB 650 or USD 100 RMB 750 or USD125


  1. Fees for the invited guests are waived;
  2. Students must show a proof of their full-time status; and
  3. The registration fee includes the CD of the proceedings, access to all scientific sessions, lunch and welcome dinner. There must be one registered person for each paper.
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