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[Nadi, Fiji – May 2] “Food production in the Pacific need not decrease as a result of climate change. On the contrary, farmers armed with relevant weather pattern information can plan their food production and increase yields in the face of climate change.”

These are the words of Roger Eduardo Rivero Vega, a world renowned agro-meteorologist from the Cuban National Meteorology Institute (INSMET) and the lead trainer at the Workshop on Assessment of Climate Change Impacts in Agriculture that started today.

“You will learn about climate change modeling here and crop modeling, or the response of a crop in relation to the changing environment,” Mr Vega told participants, who are mainly agriculture experts or weather specialists from 13 Pacific Island countries –Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu; as well as representatives from East Timor and the Maldives.

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25 September 2010 – Timorese President José Ramos-Horta today exhorted his fellow Asians to take the lead on tackling climate change, telling the General Assembly that his continent needs a common agenda to promote sustainable development, environmental protection and better land and water management.Mr. Ramos-Horta told the third day of the Assembly’s high-level debate that almost a year after countries failed to reach lasting agreement at a major summit in Copenhagen, there was a danger that no meaningful action will be taken and the planet’s health will deteriorate rapidly.

“If we don’t act now, in a few decades many hundreds of millions of fellow Asians will be uprooted and become climate refugees exacerbating existing tensions and conflicts,” he said.

Read more: Timorese leader, at UN, calls on Asia to lead the way on climate change

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India and China should join hands for drawing a road map to combat climate change and tackle extreme poverty without waiting for western assistance, East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta said on Thursday.

Asia had the resources and capability to address the challenge. “The question is whether we have the vision and political will power.”

“Scientists, scholars and technocrats in Asia should take steps and do ‘what they can do' without looking to the West for assistance,” he said. “Fifty years back, Asia was poor. Today, however, it can lead the world.”

Read more: ‘Without looking to West, Asia can take on climate change, poverty'

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