Lučka Kajfež Bogataj

FROM ENVIRONMENT TO FOOD (AND BACK): WHAT HAS TO BE DONE IN THE NEXT DECADE

Lučka Kajfež Bogataj

University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical faculty, Jamnikarjeva 101, SI-1000 Ljubljana
lucka.kajfez.bogataj@bf.uni-lj.si

Agriculture and the food system are key to global climate change responses. About 21–37% of total greenhouse gas emissions are attributable to the food system: agriculture and land use, storage, transport, packaging, processing, retail, and consumption. Although overall agricultural productivity has increased, climate change has slowed this growth over the last decades and has reduced food security. Ocean warming and acidification have caused the redistribution of marine fish stocks ad adversely affected production from shellfish aquaculture and fisheries. Weather extremes are also causing economic and societal impacts across national boundaries through supply-chains, markets, and natural resource flows, with increasing transboundary risks. Climate change will negatively impact the four pillars of food security – availability, access, utilisation and stability – and their interactions. At 2°C or higher global warming food security risks due to climate change combined with non-climatic drivers will lead to malnutrition concentrated in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Central and South America and Small Islands. For adaptation and mitigation throughout the food system, enabling conditions need to be created through policies, markets, institutions, and governance. Effective adaptation options include cultivar improvements, agroforestry, community-based adaptation, farm and landscape diversification, and urban agriculture. Adaptation strategies which reduce food loss and waste or support balanced diets also contribute to nutrition, health, biodiversity and other environmental benefits. Other sustainability-driven trends should also be promoted including preferences for food production that supports biodiversity and mitigates climate change, preference for locally and ethically sourced food, for vegetarian product consumption and for products that have waste designed out or repurposed. Greater transparency and digital evidencing across the food supply chain and utilisation of biodegradable and informative product packaging is also important. Last bit not the least: citizens should be encouraged to grow food and we need to treat food like the valuable good that it is.


Lučka Kajfež Bogataj

Življenjepis: Rojena 1957. Diplomirala (1980) na Fakulteti za matematiko in Fiziko, magistrirala (1987) in doktorirala (1989) iz biometeorologije na Biotehniški fakulteti (BF) UL, kjer predava(1980-2022), kot redna profesorica za področje klimatologije. Na BF predava Meteorologijo, Klimatologijo, Agro-meteorologijo in Biometeorologijo; prav tako na Fakulteti za arhitekturo in za matematiko in fiziko UL. Raziskovalno delo: Aplikativna meteorologija, klimatologija, gozdna hidrologija, dinamično modeliranje agroekosistemov, vzroki in posledice podnebnih sprememb. Aktivna je kot vodja ali sodelavka na nacionalnih in evropskih (delovnih sklopov) raziskovalnih projektov. Je članica uredniških odborov več znanstvenih revij. Bila je mentorica oz. somentorica 9 doktorandov in 9 magistratom. Bibliografija: 2600 bibliografskih enot v bazi COBISS, 141 izvirnih znanstvenih člankov, 19 poglavij v znanstvenih monografijah, več kot 50 predavanj (15 vabljenih) na mednarodnih znanstvenih simpozijih, h-index 17. Nagrade: Svečana listina Univerze v Ljubljani (1997), medalja za znanstvene zasluge Univerze v Verakruzu (2008), red za zasluge RS (2009), Prometej znanosti, Nobelova nagrada za mir 2007 (sodobitnik IPCC), častni doktorat Univerze na Primorskem (2011), Ženske, ki navdihujejo Evropo (2012), Komunikator znanosti (2016). Dodatne zadolžitve 2002 – 2008 članica biroja IPCC, 2009-2016 urednica petega poročila AR5. 2006 – 2011 članica komiteja Globalnega klimatskega opazovalnega sistema (GCOS) pri WMO, 2012-2015 pa članica upravnega odbora GWP (Global water partnership). V letih 2016-2017 članica skupine za etiko in podnebne spremembe pri UNESCO.

Lučka Kajfež Bogataj

CV: Born in 1957. She holds a bachelor’s (1980) degree in Meteorology, a master’s degree (1987) and a doctorate (1989) in Biometeorology chemistry from the Biotechnical Faculty, UL. Employed at BF UL (1980-2022), as a full professor of climatology. At BF she teaches at the 1st, 2nd and 3rd level of the study subjects Meteorology, Climatology, Agrometeorology and Biometeorology Research work: Applied meteorology, climatology, forest hydrology, dynamic ecosystem modelling, climate change mitigation and adaptation. She is active as a leader of research programs, national and European (work packages) research projects. She is a member of the editorial boards of several scientific journals. She was a mentor or co-mentor of 9 doctoral students and 9 master’s students. Bibliography: 2600 bibliographic units in the COBISS database, 141 original scientific articles, 19 chapters in scientific monographs, more than 50 lectures (15 invited) at international scientific symposia, h-index 17. Awards: Women Inspiring Europe – The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), 2012, Honorary Doctorate from the University of Primorska, 2011. Honorary Medal – Medalla al Mérito – University of Veracruz, Mexico, 2008, Nobel peace prize (IPCC – shared), 2007. Additional responsibilities: IPCC bureau member and report editor (2002 – 2016), Board member of GWP and GCOS at WMO (2006 -2011), Member of Unesco group for climate change ethics (2016 – 2017).