Rice production in Vietnam and northern Australia face common challenges, and both regions will require climate-smart solutions.
Vietnam has been identified as one of the top-five countries most affected by climate change and, as a consequence, rice production is particularly vulnerable. Although the alluvial soil in the Red River Delta and Mekong Delta can contribute to high rice yields, the frequent occurrence of floods, salinity and drought continues to threaten rice production in these regions. As a consequence, smallholder rice farmers in Vietnam face considerable risk, and require cropping systems that are more resilient to the negative impacts of drought and salinity.
Five key climate-smart measures for rice production have recently been identified and tested in Vietnam: salinity-tolerant rice varieties, slow-release nitrogen fertilisers, organic fertilisers that reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) emissions, climate-smart crop rotations, and water-saving irrigation strategies. A range of genetic, management and economic solutions for rice production in the face of climate change will be presented, including implications for south-east Asia and northern Australia.
About the Speaker
Dr Andrew Borrell is an Associate Professor with UQ's Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation and Centre Leader of the Queensland Government’s Hermitage Research Facility.
Andrew’s research interests include the physiological/molecular basis of drought adaptation in cereals and the efficiency with which resources (radiation, water and nitrogen) are utilised by crop plants. He is currently involved in research projects in Australia, Vietnam, central-western India and sub-Saharan Africa.