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Scientists to discuss ways to 'climate-proof' crops

by Staff Writers
Hyderabad, India (AFP) Nov 21, 2007
Scientists will discuss ways to protect crops from climate change and boost farm produce when they gather in this Indian city this week, organisers of the meet said Wednesday.

Experts from 15 international agricultural research centres will discuss how to "climate-proof" crops, at the three-day meet starting Thursday, said Gopikrishna Warrier, spokesman for the International Crops Research Institute.

Martin Parry, co-head of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, will attend the event that precedes next month's global summit on climate change in the Indonesian resort island of Bali.

Ahead of that summmit, scientists and environmental groups are mounting pressure for more action by governments to fight global warming.

In Hyderabad, Parry will talk of the implications of climate change for crop yields, global food supply and risk of hunger, said ICRISAT, a non-profit research group.

Scientists will also discuss at the India meet research aimed at fighting climate change and boosting farm productivity, ICRISAT said.

A billion people in the world are vulnerable to climate change, desertification, land degradation, water scarcity and shortage of fossil fuels, according to Hyderabad-based ICRISAT.

India accounts for about 25.93 percent of the world's population and China 16.66 percent, with Asia the hub where "the poor, undernourished and the vulnerable live," according to the organisation.

Coping with climate change and desertification may be "next to impossible" for poor dryland farming communities unless they are made more resilient, it said recently.

The Working Group on Climate Change and Development, an umbrella group of environmental and aid organisations, said Monday that decades of development in Asia will be reversed by climate change, threatening the lives of millions of people.

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