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ON september 27-28, 2018, the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), FFTC and the Monsoon Asia Agro-Environmental Research Consortium (MARCO) held a symposium on “Climate Smart Agriculture for Small-scale Farmers in the Asian and Pacific Region” at the Tsukuba International Conference Center in Tsukuba, Japan.

The said symposium aims to promote extensive research and development on the environment especially where it concerns sustainable agriculture. Through the years, NARO and MARCO have been engaged in climate change related research 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.

Fifteen speakers from eight countries (China, Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan, Philippines, France, Korea and Thailand) delivered various presentations divided into four sessions: 1) mitigation options for greenhouse gas emission from agricultural lands in the Asian and Pacific region; 2) mechanisms and impacts of global environmental change in crop production; 3) adaptation options to reduce vulnerability of agricultural systems to the risks related to climate change; and 4) decision support systems for improving the livelihood of farmers.

Paper presentations centered on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations and their interlinkages with climate change and human security and the various strategies faced by different countries in the region as they coped with the effects of climate related problems related to agriculture. After deliberations on the various facets of climate smart agriculture, the speakers and participants came up with five major recommendations. These are: 1) Develop frameworks to improve climate change risk assessment in global crop production systems; 2) Follow-up the development of dataset for crop calendars; 3) Synthesize and popularize climate change impact studies and make this available to the public; 4) Evaluate impact of climate change on rice productivity and adaptation strategy and integrate the latest knowledge on current and new varieties; and 5) Enhance the adaptation options to reduce vulnerability of agricultural systems to the risks related to climate change in the region.

Papers from the symposium are currently being reviewed and edited and will be published into a book by next year.

Participants of the FFTC-NARO-MARCO International Symposium on “Climate Smart Agriculture for the Small-scale Farmers in the Asian Pacific Region” at the Tsukuba International Conference Center in Japan. FFTC Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin, Deputy Director Akira Hasebe, Administrative Officer Mr. Hsu Chu Feng and Assistant Researcher Ms. Keziah Wei represented the Center in the said symposium.