All roads lead to the International Congress in Tsukuba, Japan this September as agriculture and environment experts gather for the NARO-FFTC-MARCO Symposium 2018: Climate Smart Agriculture for the Small-scale Farmers in the Asian and Pacific Region. The symposium aims to be a venue for the exchange of information on current problems and the latest results of studies on agriculture and climate change in Monsoon Asia, construct and disseminate technologies and options for climate smart agriculture which small-scale farmers can utilize for open-field cultivation and discuss the future research and ways to strengthen collaboration for agro-environmental challenges in the region.
Set on September 26-30, 2018 at the International Congress Center (Epochal Tsukuba), around 200 participants are expected to attend and participate in the symposium including experts from the academe, national research systems, members of the private sector, R&D institutions and policymakers.
Themes or topics to be tackled include the following: mitigation options for greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural lands in the Asian Pacific region; mechanisms and impacts of global environmental change on crop production in the Asian Pacific region; decision support systems for improving the livelihood of farmers in the region under current and future climate scenarios; and adaptation options to reduce vulnerability of agricultural systems to the risks related to climate change.
On the other hand, expected outputs include an understanding of current issues related to climate change and agricultural production systems in the region; identification of inhibiting factors related to technology extension and crafting of proposal on climate smart agriculture; development of proper know how in the creation of climate smart agricultural production systems; establishment of possible networking platform of cooperation and discussion of future research needs; and publication of technical papers presented in the symposium.
The symposium on climate-smart agriculture for the small-scale farmers in the Asian and Pacific Region is a joint undertaking by the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) the Food and Fertilizer Technology Center (FFTC) and the Monsoon Asia Agro-Environmental Research Consortium (MARCO).