Dr Parry also presented the 35th Anniversary Commemorative Awards. The Most Distinguished Research Partner Award was presented to Dr Mangala Rai, Director General, ICAR.The Outstanding Research Partner Awards were presented to Dr Raj Paroda, Executive Secretary, APAARI; Dr Seyfu Ketema, Executive Director, ASARECA; Dr Paco Sereme, Executive Secretary, CORAF/ WECARD; and Dr Monty Jones, Executive Director, FARA.
"Climate change will generally reduce production potential and increase the risk of hunger. Where crops are grown near their maximum temperature tolerance and where dry land, non-irrigated agriculture predominates, the challenge of climate change could be overwhelming, especially on subsistence farmers" said Martin Parry
Warning that the world was rapidly nearing its tolerance threshold for rising temperatures: "The challenge will no longer be producing the maximum amounts of food but to meet the increasing variability of climate from time to time. Researchers will have to concentrate on "drought-proofing" crops and developing heat-resistant varieties to cope with the problems". (Sri Lanka Sunday Times on line)
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