New hard-hitting analysis from the Asia Development Bank (ADB) leaves no doubt that climate change is the single biggest risk to food security in the continent where 60% of us live. At the sub-continental level, the picture is of course more complex. Recent science suggests there may even be spots of optimism for food production and farmers’ livelihoods in Asia, as reported in Multi-year variability or unidirectional trends? Mapping long-term precipitation and temperature changes in continental Southeast Asia using PRECIS regional climate model by Guillaume Lacombe, Chu Thai Hoanh and Vladimir Smakhtin, from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). Read more »
By Jeff Haskins and Dan Klotz
As Asia’s monsoon season begins, leading climate specialists and agricultural scientists meeting in Bangkok warned today that rapid climate change and intensified droughts and floods could devastate Southeast Asia’s important role in the global rice trade and pose a significant threat to millions of people across the region and global food security. Read more »
Julian Ramirez, a PhD student from the University of Leeds, reflects on his research on adaptation of African and Asian agriculture to climate change over the coming decades.
The importance of adaption of agriculture to changing conditions has been depicted as the most important issue for human sustainability. Not only the IPCC, but every single author in the scientific literature depicts agriculture as one of the key sectors under the context of climate change. Throughout the world, agriculture is not only part of the problem, but also part of the solution. Increasing the market supplies to feed a growing demand (i.e. from a growing population) for agricultural goods, coping with pest and disease outbreaks, maintaining land suitability and soil productivity, improving management practices, are some of the key points in which most (if not all) the agriculture-related scientists are working in.
A little late on this one, but there's been much (and often tongue-in-cheek) coverage of the "Kimchi crisis" in South Korea. Originally beginning with bad harvests, the issue is now high prices and hoarding (similar story: earlier post explaining the wheat crisis).
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