The Road to COP28: Agricultural Innovations to Address Climate Change and Food Security

Keough School Washington Office
9:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m., November 16, 2023

Location: 1400 16th St NW, Washington, DC

Coffee and refreshments will be served from 8:30–9:00 a.m. ET.

Part of the Keough School’s speaker series Evidence to Action: Translating Research Into Policy Impact.

Climate change is the defining challenge of our time. Record-breaking heat, catastrophic wildfires, intensified storms, epochal floods, and severe drought are devastating communities around the world. Agriculture is one of the most vulnerable sectors to climate change but also the second largest contributor, representing a quarter to a third of all emissions. These hazards have disproportionate effects on the poor and marginalized and exacerbate existing injustices—including global food insecurity. 

Can agricultural innovations be part of the solution? What are the best ways to encourage investments in innovations to support climate-smart agriculture? 

Join us to learn from leading academic and policy experts, who will explore these questions in advance of the United Nations Conference of Parties (COP28) in Dubai, where food systems will take center stage.  Also, hear from Biden administration officials at the forefront of these issues.

The conversation will feature the research of Notre Dame Professor Paul Winters and his work with the Innovation Commission for Climate Change, Food Security, and Agriculture, which is mobilizing investments and institutional support to scale agriculture and climate innovations globally.

Presented by the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs and its Pulte Institute for Global Development.


Senator Debbie Stabenow (Michigan)

Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee and member of the Bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus

Cary Fowler

Special Envoy for Global Food Security Office of Global Food Security US Department of State

Chavonda Jacobs-Young

Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics and USDA's Chief Scientist

William R. Sutton

Global Lead for Climate Smart Agriculture and Lead Agricultural Economist, The World Bank

Paul Winters

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame; Executive Director, Innovation Commission for Climate Change, Food Security and Agriculture