Effect of climate change on food crop production

The UNMC School of Geography is pleased to host a series of lectures on topical environmental issues through which we hope to raise public awareness and interest. The programme is aimed at the general public and assumes no expert or prior knowledge. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

RSVP to Carol.DCruz@nottingham.edu.my and/or Lawal.Billa@nottingham.edu.my

Friday 27 June 2014           Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Venue: Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre (KLTC – Chulan Tower), at Royal Chulan Hotel

Abstract: Changing climate presents one of the most challenging threats to food crop production throughout the agro ecologies.  Annual food crops on which we rely most are sensitive to climate change as it not only affects the temperature and moisture of the surroundings but affects the levels in soils as well.  Various simulation studies project 20 to 30% decrease in Global crop production due to climate change by 2020 and 2030. In the Arid and semi-Arid Africa where the crop production is rain-fed, losses as high as 50% is predicted. While climate change will have global impacts on crop production, regional variation will play significant role in tackling problems associated to climate change. This study examines the regional variation in temperature and rainfall in relation to crop production change in the last 30 years of two contrasting agro ecologies, the Malaysian wet tropics and the Nigerian semi-arid tropics.

About Dr. Ajit Singh: Dr. Ajit Singh is an Associate Professor of Agronomy at the School of Bioscience,the  University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. His work includes integration of N2 fixing legumes into cereal-based cropping systems across agro-ecologies. He was involved in evaluating heat tolerant durum and aestivum wheat types in the semi-Arid Tropics. He has authored 36 publications in local and international scientific journals, 42 in Conference Proceedings and supervised 33 postgraduate students.

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