Climate change and food security in East Asia

Yi Yuan Su, Yi H. Weng, Ya W. Chiu

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Climate change causes serious food security risk for East Asian countries. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has recognized that the climate change will impact agriculture and all nations should prepare adaptations to the impacts on food security. This article reviews the context of adaptation rules and current policy development in East Asian region. The UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol have established specific rules for countries to develop national or regional adaptation policies and measurements. The current development of the ASEAN Strategic Plan on food security is inspiring, but the commitments to implementation by its members remain an issue of concern. We suggest that the UNFCCC enhances co-operation with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and other international organizations to further develop methodologies and technologies for all parties. Our findings suggest that agriculture is one of the most vulnerable sectors in terms of risks associated with climate change and distinct programmatic initiatives are necessary. It's imperative to promote co-operation among multilateral organizations, including the UNFCCC, FAO, World Health Organization, and others.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)674-678
Number of pages5
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Adaptation
  • Climate change
  • East Asia
  • Food security

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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