OverviewThis workshop was a project of the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute, Center for Integrated Modeling of Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition (CIMSANS), as part of its efforts to launch new public-private partnerships that improve integrated modeling approaches for characterizing food and nutrition security. Partnering with CIMSANS was the Agricultural Model Inter-comparison and Improvement Program (AgMIP), which has its overarching goals to improve substantially the characterization of world food security due to climate change and to enhance adaptation capacity in both developing and developed countries. Workshop participants included about 80 leading scientists with diverse areas of expertise: crop modeling, economic modeling, human nutrition, plant breeding, information technology, etc.

Program: The purpose of the workshop was to identify next steps for improving the modeling used to characterize the role of food systems in sustainable nutrition security (SNS), an improved assessment methodology being developed by CIMSANS that incorporates sustainability and nutrition metrics. The workshop was structured around ten breakout sessions, each of which resulted in a specific set of objectives and tasks that the assembled experts believed should be funded and performed.

Agenda:

Introduction and Workshop Goals 
Jerry Nelson, UIUC

Plenary Comment – Sustainable Nutrition at Nestlé
Karen Cooper, Nestlé

Breakout 1 – Economic Models

Developing the Equivalent of the GTAP Database for Agricultural Data
Sherman Robinson, IFPRI

Elasticity Estimates for the 21st Century
David Laborde, CGIAR

Breakout 2 – Economic Models

What New Features and Who Will Develop? Are There Advantages to Collective Action?
Jerry Nelson, UIUC

Variability
Hermann Lotze Campen, PIK

Nutrition
Jacques Delincé, European Commission

What Changes in Existing Models Will Be Required?
Dominique van der Mensbrugghe, Purdue University

Breakout 3 – Crop Models

The AgMIP Gold Standard for Data
Gerrit Hoogenboom, Washington State University

Opportunities for Improved Data Collection at CGIAR Centers and Other International Research Centers
B.M. Prasanna, CIMMYT

Example of Private Sector Trial Dataset
Katie Budreski, Stone Environmental

Crop Trait Data: A Food Company Perspective
Pat Donahue, Mondelēz

Breakout 4 – Crop Models

Plant Nutrient Requirements Other than N
Jeff Volenec, Purdue University

Crop Nutrient Composition (protein, amino acids, vitamins, etc)
Karen Cooper, Nestlé

Pests and Diseases
Karen Garrett, Kansas State University

Ozone
Kent Burkey, USDA/ARS

Breakout 5 – Crop Models

Vegetable Models for Research Priority Setting
Jean-Claude Bidogeza, AVDRC

Modeling to Assess Agricultural Impact
Kelly Morgan, University of Florida

DSSAT Model Template
Ken Boote, University of Florida

APSIM Model Template
Hamish Brown, Plant and Food Research NZ

Breakout 6 – Modeling Coupling and Design of Workflow

Kickoff Presentation (presentation not available)
Carol Song, Purdue University

Breakout 7 – Integrating Models

ICASA Standards
Jeff White, USDA/ARS

AgMIP Global Economics Model Standards (presentation not available)
Hermann Lotze-Campen and Dominique van der Mensbrugghe

GTAP Standards
Badri Narayanan, Purdue University

EU Activities including Open Data Journal
Sander Janssen, Wageningen University

Breakout 8 – Unifying Model Reporting and Intercomparison

AgMIP and DSSAT Perspectives
Cheryl Porter, University of Florida

Breakout 9 – Access to and Cooperative Development of Models

COIN-OR Initiative (presentation not available)
Robin Lougee, IBM

Breakout 10 – Integrating Models

Presentation on DSSAT and APSIM
Jim Jones, University of Florida

Development of Modular Software Systems
Robin Taylor, Texas A&M University

Modularity in Inter-Disciplinary Model Systems
Sherman Robinson, IFPRI

IIASA Approach (presentation not available)
Petr Havlik, IIASA

 

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