- Risk mitigation of climate change for the sustainable production of high quality horticultural crops in Asia
- Increased agricultural nitrogen circulation in Asia: technological challenge to mitigate agricultural N emissions
- Sustainable research management of livestock and poultry wastes for Asian small-scale farmers
- Strengthening local food systems for small-scale farmers in the Asian and Pacific region
- Management and utilization of field genebanks and in vitro collections
- Risk assessment and risk management of mycotoxins for food safety in Asia
- Sustainable farming strategies for increased resiliency of Asian sloping land agroecosystems amid climate change
October 25-27, 2011
National Institute of Fruit Trees Sciences (NIFTS), NARO, Japan
- Background / Highlights of Activity
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Global Change (IPCC), global air-temperature has risen by more than 0.7 oC over the last 100 years, with East Asia, particularly Japan exhibiting an increase of nearly 1 oC. A recent survey revealed that this temperature increase has already adversely affected crop growth in various respects, and are particularly noticeable in horticultural crops such as fruit trees, vegetables, and flowers. The phenological changes of horticultural crops caused by increased temperature can be frequently observed in fruit-size enlargement, softening of fruit flesh, increased acidity, skin/leaf burning, insufficient color development and fruit deformity, decreased fruit setting, lack of head formation in heading c rucifers, increased physiological disorders such as tip-burn and blossom end-rot, delay of endodormancy, etc.
To mitigate the adverse effects of climate change on the production and quality of horticultural produce, strategic and technological countermeasures should be developed, as well as adaptation technologies against increased temperature and other climatic abnormalities. In addition, a more reliable and accurate impact assessment of climate change in its nature, degree of severit y, duration and pattern on agriculture must be established.
The international seminar on “Risk Mitigation of Climate Change for the Sustainable Production of High Quality Crops in Asia” was organized by FFTC and its partner, the NARO Institute of Fruit Tree Sciences (NIFTS) of Japan and the Council of Agriculture (COA), Taiwan, ROC. The objectives of the international seminar was to obtain a better understanding of the adverse effects of climate changes on the production and quality of horticultural produce and its strategic and technological countermeasures to mitigate its effects; and to establish a more reliable and accurate impact assessment of climate change in its nature, degree of severity, duration and pattern on agriculture.