These workshops represented the different production systems found in these two regions and were supported by the Asia and America regional sub-Groups of the Paddy Rice Research Group respectively.These workshops included expert presentations on a wide range of topics from mitigation through water saving techniques (Alternate Wetting and Drying-AWD) to country-specific experiences, capacity-building training on rice management technologies, and field training.This meeting will take place following the workshop “Rice Landscapes and Climate Change: Options for mitigation in rice-based agroecosystems and the scaling up of climate smart rice cultivation technologies in Asia”.
In October and November 2018, the Paddy Rice Research Group (PRRG) of the Global Research Alliance (GRA) took part in the APEC-funded project: ‘ Capacity Building on Management Technologies for Climate Smart Rice Cultivation in the South-East Asian and Latin American Rice Sector’.
Paddy rice production is a significant source of methane emissions (CH), and it is therefore essential that countries find ways to reduce emissions from rice cultivation while improving productivity.
Also, it is necessary to improve the sharing of knowledge of the mitigation options among researchers and other stakeholders, such as policy makers and land users, in different regions of the world.
These endeavors are particularly crucial to set up nationally appropriate mitigation actions for rice producing countries, in order to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and meet the 2016 Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
The Special Section ‘Frontline research in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from paddy fields’, which contains 10 original papers, has been published online by the Soil Science and Plant Nutrition (SSPN), in association with the GRA’s Paddy Rice Group, Partners and Affiliates.
View online here Preface: Paddy fields are recognized to be a major anthropogenic source of atmospheric methane (CH emitted globally from paddy fields, mitigation of emissions from this source is very important in order to stabilize its atmospheric concentration.Following the workshops, farmers expressed an enhanced understanding of the effects of rice cultivation on climate change and the environment, and agreed to share their learning with others in their communities.Farmers and experts agreed on the need for the farming community, governments, and scientists to work together to ensure the right policies are put in place and research projects prioritised to improve climate change mitigation efforts.Journal aims to provide innovative ideas to enhance the fields of rice research and to establish a forum for cross-disciplinary research contributions covering a broad spectrum of issues pertaining to the rice based cropping systems.Our journal welcomes review articles and original papers and all kinds of articles in all of the aforementioned areas and serves as the primary source of newly published information for researchers and students in rice and related research.The ‘Capacity Building on Management Technologies for Climate Smart Rice Cultivation in the South-East Asian and Latin American Rice Sector’ project was initiated in 2018 by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF), Japan, with the aim of enhancing knowledge among researchers and rice producers of climate change mitigation within the rice sector.The project was funded by the APEC Agricultural Technical Cooperation Working Group and featured two capability building workshop attended by GRA scientists in partnership with researchers, experts, and rice producers.The three key aims of the project were: 1) The sharing of knowledge and best practices of new management technologies for adapting to and mitigating climate change in the rice sector; 2) The exchange of views on management technologies and; 3) The development of networks among rice producers, researchers and experts, by organising an international workshop and expert visits.Two capability building workshops were held; one in Bangkok, Thailand, and one in Parral, Chile.In addition, because of the possibility of controlling these emissions by agronomic practices, such as management of water, fertilizer, and organic matter, paddy fields appear to be one of the most promising sources for mitigating CH production in flooded soils were systematically elucidated almost 50 years ago, mainly by laboratory experiments.Field measurements of the emissions from paddy fields have been conducted at various locations of the world since the early 1980s.