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Date: 20 September 2016

Climate change in agriculture key focus for ACIAR Policy Advisory Council

The Policy Advisory Council (PAC) of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) met today to discuss strategic issues related to climate change and its impact on agriculture in the Indo-Pacific Region.

Representatives from Philippines, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam and the 21 members of the Pacific Community came together with Australian researchers to discuss the technological, scientific, economic, social, environmental and policy aspects of this daunting area.

The President of the PAC, Professor Kym Anderson AO, said that the Council had noted the multi-sectoral, economy-wide nature of the issue.

‘Agriculture is both affected by, and a contributor to, climate change,’ he said.

‘There is great scope for agricultural research to contribute to adaptation by farmers.’

‘Members also felt strongly that ACIAR should continue to make climate change a high priority in its work going forward,’ said Professor Anderson.

The PAC also recommended that ACIAR develop a 10-year plan designed to support the sharing of knowledge building of capacity for research on climate smart agriculture across the region. ACIAR support for technological, social, and economic policy responses would be underpinned but the development of a strong alumni of ACIAR-supported scientists across the region.

Council members affirmed that we need to understand better as to how we grow food, and where we grow food in effectively responding to climate change.

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