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MANILA, June 21 (Xinhua) -- Farmer Ligaya Oria has never thought the onions she grew would be used in delicacies, nor did she expect to talk about her life as a farmer in front of a huge audience who included workers, social celebrities and government officials.

But the Friday luncheon sponsored by the non-profit organization Oxfam made all this true. The luncheon themed " Growing a Better Future" was held to draw attention to small scale farmers, who they believe can help avert food shortages caused by climate change.

Read more: Small scale farmers can help in climate adaptation

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A general view of the Chilean capital Santiago under a heavy layer of smog during a fall day June 2, 2011. REUTERS/Ivan AlvaradoFor most of the last 20 years, people worried about climate change have been trying to deal with the problem by negotiating a binding global treaty to reduce the emissions that cause it.

But after years of high-profile climate talks – at Rio, Nairobi, Bali, Copenhagen, Cancun – “the negotiations haven’t got us close to that deal,” says Robert Falkner, an expert on international relations and global governance at the London School of Economics and at London’s Chatham House policy institute.

Read more: Climate Conversations - With a binding climate treaty dead, what next?

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How will these rice fields in Laos do in an age of climate change. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.If swift action is not taken to prepare farmers in the developing world for hotter, drier, shorter growing seasons, climate change may threaten the lives of hundreds of millions of people by 2050. People in Africa and South Asia are particularly at risk of further impoverishment and hunger in a warmer world. According to the UN, a billion people are already going hungry worldwide. 

Read more: Food security in developing world threatened by climate change

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