Food Security in a Changing Climate
An Evening Presentation by Dr. Achim Dobermann, International Rice Research Institute, Philippines
Rice production employs more people than any other industry in Asia, and has been described as the single most important economic activity in the world. Some experts warn that rice production in the region could fall significantly due to climate change. Scientists forecast that Southeast Asian nations are likely to experience longer summers and more rainfall, with increased intensity during the monsoon season. How will climate change affect the dietary staple for millions of people? To what extent does global warming threaten rice production? How has scientific research improved food security?
Dr. Achim Dobermann is Deputy Director General for Research at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines, the oldest and largest international agricultural research institute in Asia. IRRI seeks to reduce poverty and hunger, improve the health of rice farmers and consumers, and ensure environmental sustainability. Dobermann is an internationally-recognized authority on the science and technology of food security He has received numerous awards from various academic, government and industry organizations. Dobermann is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America.