Eleven rice experts presented various technologies aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change in Asia’s rice production. Last September 29, the online videoconference on “Crop Resilience for Adaptation to Climate Change: Rice” kicked off at the FFTC office in Taipei, Taiwan with speakers joining online from Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. The videoconference workshop is a joint project of FFTC and the Malaysian Agriculture and Development Research Institute (MARDI). It was livestreamed through the FFTC Facebook page which was viewed by close to 5,000 viewers all over the world.
In her welcome remarks, FFTC Director Dr. Su-San Chang emphasized that the videoconference is aligned to the Center’s strategic action plan for 2019-2020 on climate smart agriculture. “We wanted to explore the significant efforts being made by scientists to increase genomic resources and apply innovative breeding techniques to improve the yield and nutritional quality of rice,” she said.
On the other hand, Datuk Dr. Mohamad Roff Bin Mohd Noor, Director General of MARDI, underscored the importance of research in rice breeding to improve the varieties and innovative production agronomy to be the most appropriate approach to mitigate the effects of climate change in rice production.
Australian keynote speaker, Dr. Damien Platten, Senior scientist at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) talked about “Breeding for Climate Change” saying that in order to meet the negative effects on crop yields caused by climate change, IRRI had a major redesign of its rice breeding program. He also talked about IRRI’s OneRice strategy which aims to integrate all actors in the variety development and placement chain into an efficient and effective team to produce well-targeted, well characterized new varieties and place these in target markets/regions in as short a time possible. This, he said, will enable rice breeding to adapt and keep pace as climate and social changes shift requirements in rice production.
The videoconference workshop was divided into three sessions. Session 1 was entitled “Development of Rice Resilient Technologies in Response to Climate Change.” Session 2 focused on “Rice Technologies in Asia: Country Reports” and Session 3: “Climate Resistant Rice: The Way Forward” Below is a summary of the technologies presented by the speakers from which the discussions revolved around:
The full one-day FFTC-MARDI videoconference workshop can be viewed at the FFTC Facebook Page while the full papers and PowerPoint presentations of the 11 speakers can be soon accessed at the FFTC website.