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Crop resilience for adaptation to climate change: rice


Global food security requires a major re-focusing of plant sciences, crop improvement and production agronomy towards rice grain over coming decades, with intensive research and development to identify climate-resilient cultivars with improved grain characteristics. Labs contributing to this special issue have undertaken research and breeding to improve varieties, together with innovative production agronomy which contributes to the sustainability of cropping systems. The reviews and research together form an invaluable resource for the research community and policymakers.

Rice production system contributes to the reduction of hunger and poverty, improving long-term food security and adaptation to climate change. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) facilitated the FAO Strategy on Climate Change for Global, Regional, National and Local level in 2017, focusing on rice sector as one of the focus crops. This initiative was introduced with the following objectives to (i) enhance institutional capacities of member states, (ii) improve integration of food security within the international climate agenda, and (iii) strengthen internal coordination and delivery of FAO’s work. The FAO initiative was also linked to a growing recognition of the contribution of rice to critical targets under Sustainable Development Goal 2, particularly regarding food access, malnutrition and smallholder incomes, as well as sustainable and resilient agriculture.

The workshop is aligned with FFTC’s Strategic Action Plan 2019-2020 on climate smart agriculture. Recognizing that increasing the global production of rice has the potential to provide a sustainable solution to food security and resilience to climate change, significant efforts are currently being made to increase genomic resources and apply innovative breeding techniques to improve the yield and nutritional quality of rice. Production agronomy and improved cultivation approaches could also be intensified to address the associated economic and environmental challenges.


  • Sharing of experiences and current state of adaptation of local rice varieties to climate change.
  • Establishing an efficient network among participants from all member countries for future commercial and technical collaborations.
Descriptions of Workshop
The scope of the workshop covers the following topics:
1.Climatic variability and extreme events
Sharing of information on the extreme events which frequently occurred and using historical data of Peninsular Malaysia. These include extreme temperatures, humidity, sunshine, rainfall, drought and wind speed.
2.Phenological and yield responses to climate variability and climate change
Current state and assessment of the impact of climate change on rice development, production and yield quality.
3.Adaptation to climate variability and climate change
Establishing the most appropriate production strategies for crops, soil, and water management to achieve high stable yield under varying climate conditions.
  • Workshop proceedings for circulation to a wider audience.
  • Case study reports from participants.
  • Network for future commercial and technical collaborations.
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Breeding for Climate Change
Dr. John Damien Platten
Head of Breeding Innovations Cluster, Native Trait Discovery and Deployment, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for Rice Industry in Malaysia
Mr. Mohammad Hariz Bin Abdul Rahman
Agrobiodiversity and Environmental Research Centre
Rice Adaptation Technologies to Climate Change in Indonesia
Dr. Suryo Wiyono
Head, Dept. of Plant Protection, IPB University
Agricultural Decision Support System to Reduce Weather and Climate Risks by Utilizing High Resolution Gridded Meteorological Data
Dr. Hiroe Yoshida
Senior Researcher, Climate Change Adaptation Unit, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO)
Progress on Development of New Drought-Tolerant Malaysian Rice Variety
Mr. Shamsul Amri Saidon
Paddy & Rice Research Centre, Malaysian Agricultural Research Development Institute (MARDI)
Palaycheck as Integrated Crop Management System for Irrigated Lowland Rice In the Philippines—A Country Report
Dr. Eduardo Jimmy P. Quilang
Officer in Charge, Office of the Deputy Executive Director for Research Philippine Rice Research Institute (Philrice)
Intelligent Agriculture in Taiwan: Case Study of Paddy Irrigation Management to Cope with Climate Change
Dr. Dong-Hong Wu
Associate Researcher, Division of Crop Science Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute (TARI)
Tailor-made Climate-ready and Nutrient-dense Rice for the Future
Dr. Apichart Vanavicichit
Professor, Plant Breeding & Genomics Kasetsart University, Thailand
Rice Technologies in Vietnam
Dr. Ngo Duc Minh
Science Officer/Assistant President of VAAS, Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS)
Adaptation to Climate Change Through Sustainable Water Management in Rice Production
Mohd Aziz Bin Rashid
Agrobiodiversity and Environmental Research Centre
Genetic Resource Evaluation and Marker-assisted Breeding for Heat Tolerance in Rice in Taiwan
Dr. Charng-Pei Li
Associate Researcher, Division of Crop Science, Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute (TARI)


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