ACToday (Adapting Agriculture to Climate Today, for Tomorrow)

Lead PI: Dr. Walter E. Baethgen , Dr. Lisa Goddard

Unit Affiliation: International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)

November 2017 - June 2022
Africa ; South America ; Asia ; Central America ; Guatemala ; Colombia ; Africa ; Senegal ; Ethiopia ; Asia ; Bangladesh ; Vietnam
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: ACToday seeks to transform the way that climate knowledge and information is brought to bear on the challenges of hunger, food security, nutrition, and sustainable agriculture. It fosters the use of climate services as a means to create a tangible impact on the food systems of six target countries; in doing so, it both improves the lives of people in these target countries and generates evidence of good practice in research translation that can help guide national and international partners to adopt appropriate solutions to the wide range of challenges posed by climate variability and change beyond the six target countries.


Columbia World Projects


Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO); Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN); Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment (CCSI); School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA); Mailman School of Public Health; NASA GISS, Data Science Institute


CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health; Harvest Plus; CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security; World Food Programme; Food and Agriculture Organization; Inter-American Development Bank; World Bank



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Modeling and Adapting to Future Climate


Country lead for Colombia Ángel G. Muñoz discusses the launch of NextGen in Colombia as well as the future of NextGen and ACToday.


May 22, 2024

A Glimpse at the Columbia Climate School in the Green Mountains Program

Students from around the globe spent two weeks in Vermont learning about current issues and solutions in climate change.

May 20, 2024

Scope 3 Carbon Emissions and the Management of Supply Chains

Measuring an organization’s impact on its environment is becoming a routine part of competent and effective organizational management. Extending that measurement process into the supply chain is part of current best management practices.

May 16, 2024

Rivers Exposed by Glacier Retreat Fuel Competition Between Mining Industry and Salmon

Study finds that Canadian mining companies are staking claims on future salmon habitat emerging from the ice as glaciers retreat.

May 14, 2024

Food Systems Expert Jessica Fanzo Reflects on Receiving One of Science’s Highest Honors

Professor of Climate Jessica Fanzo discusses how an "unplanned" career path led to her recent election to the National Academy of Sciences.

May 13, 2024

Congratulations to the 2024 Graduates of the Columbia Climate School

On May 10th, Climate and Society students gathered to celebrate their accomplishments during a challenging and illuminating year.

May 13, 2024

The Impact of Stalling the SEC Climate Disclosure Rule

Opposition to mandatory climate risk reporting is the result of the failure of some American businesses and lobbying groups to understand that reducing and reporting on environmental risk is an indication of management competence having nothing to do with ideology.

May 08, 2024

How Can ESG Support Female Leadership?

Gender parity is good for companies. So why is there still a gap?

May 06, 2024

Questioning Mayor Adams’ Commitment to Protecting NYC’s Environment

Mayor Adams is a superb advocate for environmental quality and environmental justice, but the city government he runs doesn’t always seem to follow through: New York City’s water infrastructure, decarbonization, and parks need additional staffing and funding if the promises made are to be fulfilled.

May 03, 2024

Rising Wheat Prices and Unprecedented Demonstrations: Pakistani Protestors Demand Autonomy

Since January, thousands of protestors in Gilgit-Baltistan, a glaciated region of northern Pakistan, have been demanding a restoration of a recently revoked wheat subsidy in a push for political autonomy and economic justice.

May 02, 2024

How One Sustainable Development Student Balances Academics and Athletics

When she’s not studying for her classes in the Undergraduate Sustainable Development program, Phoebe Anderson is running with Columbia’s cross-country team.