In recent years, the impact of climate change on agriculture such as damage to crops by extreme weather events such as high temperature or flooding is gradually becoming more intense. In addition, the environment surrounding the agricultural and rural areas in the Asian Pacific region has greatly changed, because of the continuing decrease in agricultural labor force and the aging of farmers, a decrease in planting areas, and pressure on small-scale farmers by large scale commercial farms. In particular, the impact of climate change on agriculture is greater for small-scale farmers with inferior agricultural infrastructure which accounts for the majority of the Asian Pacific region. Therefore, it is important to pursue research topics responding to climate change and sustainable agriculture in the Asian Pacific region including Japan.This will ensure passing a productive agricultural and rich rural environment to the next generation to meet future food supply and demand.
Under these circumstances, FFTC held a workshop which aimed at promoting extensive research and development on the environment contributing to sustainable agriculture. The said workshop is co-organized with NIAES (Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences), NARO (National Agriculture and Food Research Organization) in Japan. NIAES has been engaged in climate change related research for many years, forecasting prediction of impact on agriculture due to global warming, establishment of a decision support system for crop management that can flexibly respond to climate change, and development of greenhouse gas emission reduction technology from agricultural fields. Also this workshop is supported by MARCO (The Monsoon Asia Agro-Environmental Research Consortium) which is a research cooperation network to promote international cooperation on agricultural environmental research in the monsoon Asia region.
Objectives of the Workshop
Dr. Riyanti Djalante (United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, Japan)
1. Mitigation options for greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural lands in the Asian and Pacific region
(Chair: Hiroko Akiyama and Yasukazu Hosen, NARO)
2. Mechanisms and impacts of global environmental change on crop production in the Asian and Pacific region
(Chair: Toshihiro Hasegawa and Motoki Nishimori, NARO)
Main Season Fragrant Rice Production Under Climate Change RCP 8.5 Scenario and a Systemic Adaptation to Improve Productivity: A Case of Ubonratchathanee Province, Thailand | PPT:
Dr. Attachai Jintrawet (Chang Mai University, Thailand)
3. Adaptation options to reduce vulnerability of agricultural systems to the risks related to climate change in the Asian and Pacific region
(Chair: Akira Miyata and Hidemitsu Sakai, NARO)
4. Decision support systems for improving the livelihood of farmers in the Asian and Pacific region under current and future climate scenarios
(Chair: Hiroe Yoshida and Tsuneo Kuwagata, NARO)