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Project 8: Climate smart agriculture for the small-scale farmers in the Asian and Pacific region

Location: Tsukuba, Japan
Date: September 26-30
Participating countries: 8 (China, France, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand) 
Papers presented: 8
Co-organizers: National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) / Monsoon Asia Agro-Environmental Research Consortium (MARCO)

As our climate continues to be more unpredictable, our scientists are getting more serious in addressing the problem by developing climate smart agriculture. Defined as an approach for transforming and reorienting agricultural development under the new realities of climate change (Lipper italics. 2014), it is seen as a potent approach to mitigate the ill effects brought about by Nature’s wrath.

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. 

FFTC sponsored eight out of the 26 speakers who came from eight countries (China, France, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan 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. 


Major findings and recommendations

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 in April, 2019.

List of papers

1. System of rice intensification: an alternative mitigation strategy to greenhouse gas emissions from paddy fields in Indonesia - Chusnul Arif 
2. Zero-waste rice-based farming system for small-scale farmers - Eduardo Jimmy Quilang 
3. Application of agricultural practices to increase carbon sequestration in Taiwan - Chi-Ling Chen 
4. Main season fragrant rice production under climate change RCP 8.5 scenario and systemic adaptation to improve productivity: a case of Ubonratchathanee Province, Thailand - Attachai Jintrawet 
5. Evaluation of fuzzy logic systems to assess climate suitability of Italian ryegrass - Kwang Soo Kim 
6. Using digital technology in enhancing climate resilience of Philippine agriculture: the SARAI enhanced monitoring system - Maria Victoria Espaldon 
7. Adaptation strategies and practices to adverse effects from climate change: Taiwan’s experience and inspiration - Chwen-Ming Yang 
8. Climate risks and vulnerability assessment tools in support of policy planning and climate smart agriculture - Hideki Kanamaru 


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 represent the Center in the said symposium.


FFTC Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin (center), Deputy Director Akira Hasebe (right) meet Dr. Masa Iwanaga, President of the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) during the symposium. Dr. Iwanaga is also an FFTC TAC member.


Paper presentations on the said symposium 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.