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Expert Group Meeting on the Impact of Climate Change on ASEAN Food Security

Date: 6–7 June 2013
Venue: Manila, Philippines
Organised by: RSIS Centre for NTS Studies
Meeting is by invitation only

 

This meeting explored which elements of climate change (scenarios or events) may impact the components of the food ecosystem, and in doing so, affect the food security of ASEAN. Among the issues that we examined were: the impact of climate change on the dynamics of corn, wheat, soybeans, frozen meat, and fresh vegetables, and climate change effects on intra-regional trade of rice, fresh vegetables, fish and eggs.

 

Specific objectives of the meeting included:   

  1. Determine which climate change scenarios are most likely to impact the food security ecosystem in ASEAN, recognising the inter-connectedness between geographic regions for food trade, for example, the impact of sea level rises, an increase/decrease in rainfall, etc., on shipping lanes and infrastructure.
  2. Identify strategies that would allow a mapping of the drivers that affect food security, and a detailed assessment of the impact of climate change on food security ecosystem components, according to geographic locations.

 

 

Meeting Background, Format and Objectives; Introductions

Framing the issues:  Linking climate change effects to the food security ecosystem in the ASEAN region and beyond

Prof. Paul P.S. Teng
Senior Fellow and Advisor (Food Security)
RSIS Centre for NTS Studies; and
Dean of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning,
National Institute of Education (NIE)
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Presentation

 

Session 1: Climate Change Scenarios Affecting ASEAN and Ex-ASEAN Sources of ASEAN Food

Panellists:

Prof. Felino P.  Lansigan
Co-Chair, Interdisciplinary Program on Climate Change and
Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Statistics
University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), Philippines
Presentation

Prof. Nguyen Huu Ninh
Chairman, Centre for Environment Research, Education and Development
Vietnam Union of Science & Technology Associations
Hanoi, Vietnam.
Presentation

Prof. Rizaldi Boer
Director, Centre for Climate Risk and Opportunity Management in Southeast Asia and Pacific (CCROM-SEAP); and
President, Indonesian Society on Agriculture Meteorology
Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia
Presentation

  

Session 2: Which Parts of the ASEAN Food Security System Are Likely to Be Affected by the Anticipated CC scenarios in 2020, 2050?

Panellists:

Prof. Laura T. David
Deputy Director for Instruction
Marine Sciences Institute
University of the Philippines, Diliman, Philippines
Presentation

Dr Reiner Wassmann
Coordinator of Climate Change Research
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines
Presentation

Dr Robert J. Holmer
Regional Director
AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center, East and Southeast Asia
Thailand
Presentation

 

Session 3: How Will CC Affect Intra-ASEAN Trade in Agricultural Products?

Panellists:

Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi
Capacity Building Specialist
Asian Development Bank Institute (ABDI)
Tokyo, Japan
Presentation

Dr Rolando Dy
Executive Director, Center for Food and Agri Business
University of Asia and the Pacific, Philippines
Presentation

Mr Aristeo A. Portugal
Assistant Representative (Program),
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Manila, Philippines
Presentation

 

Session 4B: Open Session – Debating Ways Forward     

Moderator:

Prof. Paul P.S. Teng
Senior Fellow and Advisor (Food Security)
RSIS Centre for NTS Studies; and
Dean of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning,
National Institute of Education (NIE)
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Presentation


Posted on: 6/6/2013 8:30:00 AM  |  Topic: Climate Change, Environmental Security and Natural Disasters / Food Security


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