Past Event

VACS: A New Approach to Climate Resilience and Food Security

February 27, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Online Event

At the inaugural seminar of the Climate School's Food for Humanity Initiative, a group of experts will discuss Vision for Adapted Crops and Soils in Africa (VACS): A New Approach to Climate Resilience and Food Security. VACS aims to shine a light on opportunities that traditional and indigenous crops provide to build climate-resilient food systems.

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VACS was launched in February 2023 in partnership with the African Union (AU), The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the Office of theU.S. Special Envoy for Food Security at the State Department, with an initial focus on the African continent.

A team of researchers based at the Climate School and NASA GISS participate in VACS, conducting research to better understand how underutilized crops can be used to address the challenges African food systems face under climate change.


  • Cynthia Rosenzweig- Senior Research Scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and an Adjunct Senior Research Scientist at the Columbia Climate School
  • Jessica Fanzo-Professor of Climate and Director of the Food for Humanity Initiative, Columbia Climate School
  • Lew Ziska- Associate Professor in the Environmental Health Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University
  • Kevin Karl- Research Associate at the Center for Climate Systems Research

Contact Information

Climate School's Food for Humanity Initiative