The Effect of El Nino Phenomenon on Agriculture featured in World Sustainable Agriculture Congress
This is the post event press release of World Sustainable Agriculture Congress (10-12 July 2012) which is the ONLY conference where CEOs/CSR leaders of Asia's food and agriculture industry meet to determine and identify new strategies for development of future agriculture sustainability strategies that propel the industry forward to ensure a sustainable future.
- (1888PressRelease) July 25, 2012 - SINGAPORE - According to a Senior Agricultural Scientist, "The El Nino weather event is expected to occur anytime later this year, bringing dry weather to Australia and damaging the wheat crop". IMAPAC hosted an Asia Pacific focused sustainable agriculture conference, bringing together leading businesses from across the agricultural and food industries, government decision-makers, farming associations, non-governmental organisations and academics to Singapore.
El Nino is the warming of ocean temperatures in the Pacific accompanied by drought in parts of Indonesia, Malaysia and Australia, and in contrast above normal rains in the Americas.
Dr Daniel Tan, Senior Lecturer in Agronomy, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, of the University of Sydney, Australia commented that El Nino is currently in a neutral stage but a study on ocean temperatures stated that this weather pattern may become active again. In addition, weather forecasting models show that there is a strong possibility of El Nino's occurrence and this usually results in below average rainfall and even drought in parts of Australia.
El Nino's occurrence can affect agriculture output elsewhere as well and further push up global food prices which are already rallying due to the increased frequency of extreme weather events across the globe.
World Sustainable Agriculture Congress - 10-12 July 2012 - is the ONLY conference where CEOs/CSR leaders of Asia's food and agriculture industry meet to determine and identify new strategies for development of future agriculture sustainability strategies that propel the industry forward to ensure a sustainable future.
This conference was developed with the support of our Advisory Board of the top industry experts namely Hans Johr, Head of Agriculture, Nestle, Switzerland; Professor Paul Teng, Senior Fellow, Food Security, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU); Pippa Howard
Director of the Business & Biodiversity Programme, Fauna & Flora International, UK and Puvan Jegeraj Selvanathan, Special Advisor, United Nations Global Compact on Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Malaysia. In addition, it was sponsored by Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) and New Holland Agriculture; with the endorsement of Fauna & Flora International, Federation of Free Farmers, Asian Farmers' Association, National Farmers' Federation and International Seed Federation.
Key speakers at 2012 conference include:
Bruce Blakeman, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Cargill, Singapore; Dr Etienne Duveiller, Associate Director of Global Wheat Program, CIMMYT, Mexico, USA; Dr Partha R Das Gupta, Principal Advisor, Agronomy, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, India; Dr Agus Pakpahan, Chairman, Biosafety Commission of Genetically Engineered Product (KKH), Indonesia; Jeanne Stampe, Asia Commodities and Finance Specialist, WWF, Singapore; Michiel Hendriksz, Director, Sustainability Programs, ADM Cocoa, Switzerland; Professor Paul Teng, Senior Fellow, Food Security, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU); Rosalie Ellasus, Chair, San Jacinto Kasakaliksan MPC farmers' cooperative, Philippines; Anna Lyons, Programme Manager - Business & Biodiversity, Fauna & Flora International, Singapore; Dr Rukshan Gunatilaka, Regional Manager of Agronomy, Asia Pacific, British American Tobacco, Malaysia; Peter Heng, Managing Director of Communications and Sustainability, Golden Agri-Resources Ltd, Singapore; Gaurav Sood, Head of Crop Solution Group, New Holland Fiat India Pvt Ltd, India; Dr Keith Dawson, Vice President, Scottish Society of Crop Research, UK Ian Leo, CEO, IRRI Fund, Singapore; Dr Daniel Tan, Senior Lecturer in Agronomy, Department of Plant and Food Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, The University of Sydney, Australia; Aulia Perdana, Marketing Specialist, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Indonesia; Yong Lee Keng, Head of Agriculture Services, Nestle, Malaysia; Tai Seng Yee, Executive Director, Zenxin Agri-organic Food, Singapore; Puvan Jegeraj Selvanathan, Special Advisor, United Nations Global Compact on Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Malaysia; Anselm Iwundu, Executive Director, Fair Food International, Netherlands; Simon Bennett, General Manager, Training & Corporate Social Responsibility, Swire, Asia
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