Workshop: Crop Modelling and Biotic Stress

How can we take biotic stress into consideration with crop growth modelling in maize and wheat?

As part of the Global Futures and Strategic Foresight (GFSF) project funded by the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is organizing a three-day workshop titled:

"How can we take biotic stress into consideration with crop growth modelling in maize and wheat?"

Crop growth models have been and are being used as part of bio-economic modelling endeavors. One of the key aspects that has not been resolved is biotic stress as a yield reducing factor, despite the fact that biotic stress is a very important contributing factor to low yields in the target areas of CGIAR. Existing crop growth models that we use, do not adequately simulate biotic stress.

During the three day work shop we will touch upon the following themes

  • Possibilities and impossibilities of incorporating biotic stress directly into crop growth models
  • Linking crop growth models with biotic stress models: Feasible? Desirable?
  • Linking biotic stress(es) with crop growth model outcomes and bio-economic models at region, country, landscape and household levels through disease incidence making use of for instance probabilities and stochastic programming
  • Data requirements of each of the approaches
  • Determining immediate next steps and long-term strategy

The venue will be in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The workshop will take place June 20-June 22, 2016. For more information please contact g.kruseman@cgiar.org / K.TesfayeFantaye@cgiar.org.