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The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned that in order to adapt agriculture to a changing climate, new approaches to irrigation will need to be developed and implemented worldwide.

These new approaches are being discussed as part of the 2nd World Irrigation Forum which opened yesterday in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and brings together stakeholders from around the world to rethink water management in the context of continued population and economic growth as well as the growing threats of climate change.

Read more: Future of food security depends on irrigation methods that adapt to climate change – UN agency

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Thailand’s jasmine rice exports to Qatar decreased from 1770.3 tonnes (worth$1.72mn) to 1335.5 tonnes ($1.12mn) in the first half of 2016 compared to the same period last year due to climate change, the Thai embassy in Doha has said.

Read more: Climate change hits Thailand jasmine rice exports to Qatar

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Natural disasters and more severe drought brought on by climate change should be one of the biggest concerns for Thailand in 2016, academics said. 

"With the weather pattern shifting more than before, seasons and weather will become more unpredictable. This is due to climate change, which will most certainly have the worst effect on our food production as it relies heavily on weather," Tara Buakamsri, Greenpeace Southeast Asia's campaign director, said.

Read more: Severe drought could be the biggest concern for this year

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