Scientists Race to Save World’s Rice Bowl From Climate Change

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Climate change is predicted to cause more intense and
frequent floods and droughts in Southeast Asia, threatening the world’s
rice bowl and millions of people who live there unless preventive
actions are taken soon, scientists warn.

At the Climate
Smart Agriculture in Asia workshop held in Bangkok, Thailand, last
month, climatologists and agricultural researchers discussed farming
practices and technologies that could help the region cope with global
warming’s effects, including rising temperatures, increased salinity,
and sporadic rainfall.

The conference was about “bringing all
these players together to look at how the research agenda needs to
change in the agricultural research world in relation to climate
change,” said Bruce Campbell of the Consultative Group on International
Agricultural Research (CGIAR), which helped organize the two-day
workshop.

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