Capacity building workshop in Laos: climate change, crop modeling and land use change monitoring
As part of a study to provide an overview of climate variability and likely climate change impacts on agriculture across the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) in South East Asia, the regional office of CIAT in Hanoi together with the National Agricultural and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) and Scientists from DAPA have organized a training how to use crop suitability models and different data for land use change monitoring. Participants came from the Agriculture and Forestry Policy Research Centre, the National Meteorology department, Department of Agriculture (DOA), National Agricultural and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI), Department of Agriculture Land Management (DALaM), University of Laos , Department of Planning and Cooperation/ Ministry of Agriculture (DoPC/ MAF),IWMI, IFPD, CNNCD, IRRI. The workshop was held last Tuesday, 1st of April in Vientiane, Laos PDR.
The following agenda was provided:
– To give an overview of the likely impacts of climate change on agriculture in the GMS region.
– To present and discuss the methodology of Ecocrop analysis and land use change assessment.
– To present and discuss the results of crop suitability analysis, land use change assessment.
– To train participants in the use of the databases and models
A general outcome of the workshop was an agreement, that the improvement of baseline data on climate and national production statistics is necessary and could help to improve substantially the preliminary results of crop-climate-suitability modeling, especially for Laos very few meteorological stations where included in climate baseline used for the study. The participating institutions are very much interested in improving the baseline data and collaborate in future planned activities by CCAFS and CIAT.
The outputs of the workshop and project will be used to guide the research activities of the CGIAR program on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and to inform and provide national and sub-national governments with policy recommendations.