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Thursday Seminar

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 01:15pm - 02:15pm


October 13, 2016
1:15-2:15 p.m.
Umali Hall, Rooms ABC

IRRI-CSIRO collaboration in cropping systems modelling: Research and development into climate change adaptation and sustainability of rice-based cropping systems

Donald Gaydon
Senior Research Scientist, Integrated Agricultural Systems Program
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

With the increasing pressure on agricultural systems to meet the need of an increasing global population, sustainable intensification of diversified agri-food systems becomes an important focus for any program of research and development that address food security and nutrition. In addition to the unavoidable threats of climate change and competition with increasing urbanization, economic growth limits available resources and forces systems to adapt to low input and biophysical constraints. An integrative multidisciplinary approach is desirable to address the complexity of relevant interactions, and system modelling has proven to be a powerful tool in such field of research. CSIRO has the APSIM framework, which it has integrated with the IRRI rice model ORYZA2000, in early 2006. This initiated successful collaboration between the two institutes and has since developed into a range of joint research efforts advancing rice-based agricultural systems science to accelerate impact of development projects in improving small farmers’ livelihoods and adaptation to climate change. In this talk, we will share some examples of these collaborations drawn from ACIAR-funded projects in South and Southeast Asia. We will also present details of some ongoing work resulting from these examples and will discuss possibilities to expand and strengthen collaboration between IRRI and CSIRO in the future.


Rms ABC, DL Umali Bldg.