MScCCAFS Annual Research Conference (2022)

Annual Conference of MScCCAFS Program (2022)


Climate Resilient AgriFood Systems Transformation


An MScCCAFS Program, Ryan Institute & IFIAD Webinar Event


9th September 2022


The 2022 Annual Conference of the MScCCAFS program at the University of Galway will be run as a webinar which will start at 0930 (Irish time) on Friday 9th September 2022. The MScCCAFS Annual Conference will be broadcast as a webinar on the Ryan Institute Youtube Channel, where attendees can view the presentations by the students on the MScCCAFS program (2021-2022) and also post comments.  All are welcome!




Welcome & Introduction (Prof. Charles Spillane, MScCCAFS Program Director)


Session 1: Climate change policy implementation and innovation


Introduction (Dr. Peter McKeown, MScCCAFS Program Coordinator)

Barrins, Jacinta What constitutes “institutional arrangements” for Member State reporting for UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement?

Tsvetkov, Bozhidar (Bobby) The trade-offs and compromises of Water-Land Governance in Asian Mega Deltas: A comparative case study of the Bangladesh GBM Delta and the Cambodia Mekong Delta


Session 2: Social inclusion and justice in climate change transformation pathways for sustainable agrifood systems


Introduction (Dr. Una Murray, MScCCAFS Program Committee)

Burke, Robert Enabling socially inclusive action to build resilience and reduce vulnerability to climate change and natural hazards of the most marginalised

Moylan, Megan Social protection to strengthen climate resilience in agriculture in East Africa

Concar, Evan Social equity blind spots for transformational adaptation in agricultural projects in Africa


Session 3: Food Systems Transformation


Introduction (Prof. Charles Spillane, MScCCAFS Program Director)

Liddy, Heidi Food Mapping for City Region Food System Transformations in Bahir Dar, Hanoi and Cali

Karan, Romyne Food systems analysis of transformative impact pathways for sustainable and nutritious diets in the Eastern Cape of South Africa


Session 4: Scaling legumes for water-food-energy nexus sustainability, nutritional security & livelihood resilience


Introduction (Noel Ndlovu, LEG4DEV PhD student)

Breen, Caitlin Systematic Review of Legume Seed Systems in sub-Saharan Africa: Barriers, Opportunities and Scaling Options

Nguma, Emelda Paul Protein-Energy Undernutrition and Sustainable Intensification of Tropical Grain Legumes in sub-Saharan Africa

Sisoka, Lungile May Are food cultures and recipes barriers or enablers of dietary transitions for legume scaling in sub-Saharan Africa?


Coffee Break Partner Pitch

What is the Irish Forum for International Agricultural Development (IFIAD)?

Patrice Lucid, Coordinator of IFIAD, c/o Self Help Africa, Dublin, Ireland


Session 5: Climate change resilience of agrifood systems


Introduction (Dr. David Styles, MScCCAFS Program Committee)

Dunne, Fiona Vulnerabilities Exposed by Import Dependent Domestic and Imported Commodities; Resilience to Reduce Vulnerabilities and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions

Everette, Katherine (Kayti) Agri-food Resilience Through Community Resilience: Community Garden Impacts on Social Transformation and Biodiversity


Session 6: Alternative proteins for food systems transformation


Introduction (Prof. Charles Spillane, MScCCAFS Program Director)

O’Brien, George Scaling routes for insect-based food and feed production in EU to meet climate, nutrition and sustainability targets

O’Sullivan, Jennifer Development of blended animal-plant protein dairy hybrid drinks for nutrition, wellness and climate mitigation


Session 7: Ruminant livestock, climate change and sustainability challenges


Introduction (Dr.  Galina Brychkova, MScCCAFS Program Committee)

Myers, Michael Impact of climate change on veterinary practices and animal welfare in the European Union

Kunzler, Madelyn Do Climate Smart Agriculture Practices Affect Livestock Meat Quality?

Healy, Deanna Sustainable Protein Supply from Grass-Based Biorefineries for Livestock Feed


Session 8: Emissions reduction pathways from global agrifood systems


Introduction (Prof. Charles Spillane, MScCCAFS Program Director)

Markey, Kevin  Feasibility of the ‘Methane Reduction Pledge’ within Methane Emitting Agricultural Sectors

Mashizha, Tinashe Yield gains from hybrid rice generate lower emissions per unit product than inbred lines


Coffee Break Partner Pitch

The Global Research Alliance for Agricultural Greenhouse Gases

and the CLIFF-GRADS PhD Fellowship Program

Bertha Kasonde, GRA CLIFF-GRADS Coordinator, Ryan Institute, University of Galway


Session 9: Agri-innovations for climate change mitigation, adaptation and food security


Introduction (Dr. Peter McKeown, MScCCAFS Program Coordinator)

Rehberger, Emily Climate and Environmental Benefits of Regenerative Agriculture Practices: An Evidence Review

Zielonko, Dylan Pearl Millet’s Viability as a Climate Resilient and Nutritious Cereal in the West African Sahel


Session 10: Climate communication & literacy for sustainable futures


Introduction (Dr. Liz Coleman, MScCCAFS Program Committee)

Kailea, Atelina Embedding climate literacy for climate action & empowerment in the school system of climate vulnerable low-lying island states

Joyce, Kate Mobilising Music as a Communication Channel for Global Climate Action

Mollel, Margareth Digital technologies to accelerate the impact of climate smart agriculture by next generation farmers in Sub Saharan Africa


Session 11: Climate change and human mobility


Introduction (Dr. Una Murray, MScCCAFS Program Committee)

Gadisi, Tendani Avoiding Climate Maladaptation of Smallholder Farmers – Disaggregating the resilience needs of farmers’ capabilities to “step up”

Huber, Jona Climate-Related Migration and the Climate-Security-Migration Nexus in the Central American Dry Corridor


Concluding Remarks: (Prof. Charles Spillane, MScCCAFS Program Director)