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China's agricultural production and food security with a perspective from climate change

Speaker: Huanguang Qiu, Renmin University, Beijing, China
Series: CEE Departmental Seminars
Location: Engineering Quad E219
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Abstract:

There has been increasing concerns on risks and uncertainty posed by climate change to China’s crop production in the future. The existing assessments using popular process-based and site-specific crop growing models highlight the significant extent of climate-induced yield reduction and thus suggest increased risk for China’s food production in the future.

However, much less attention has been paid to exploring the potential gains which may also be brought in by climate change, and few studies consider farmers adaptation and market response to climate change. With an integrated agro-climatic and spatial equilibrium economic model assessment tool, the potential impacts of climate change on China's total and regional agricultural production are explored.

Dr. Qiu will present the results and progress of his study, and give a short introduction on current status and future challenges of China's agricultural production.“

Biography:

Dr. Huanguang Qiu is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development at People’s (Renmin) University of China, Beijing. His major research fields include regional agricultural development, agricultural trade policy, environmental economics, and spatial general equilibrium models. He also holds a visiting research position in University of London and Free University of Netherlands.