A farmer drying rice in Jilin, China, last year. Asia’s food security is heavily dependent on its millions of smallholder farmers, the most numerous in the world. Photo: Xinhua
Siang Hee Tan
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Eye on Asia by Siang Hee Tan

How Asia’s small farmers can harness technology to combat climate change and improve food security

  • As climate change makes farming harder and more unpredictable, Asia’s millions of smallholder farmers need innovation and technology to tackle pests and crop diseases, to better meet the region’s growing food demand

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A farmer drying rice in Jilin, China, last year. Asia’s food security is heavily dependent on its millions of smallholder farmers, the most numerous in the world. Photo: Xinhua
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A female Aedes aegypti mosquito sucks blood from a human host. Scientists say there are 110 trillion mosquitoes on Earth, or 14,000 for each one of us. Photo: Handout via AP
David Dodwell
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Outside In by David Dodwell

Climate change isn’t bad for everyone – disease-carrying mosquitoes may be heading for a heyday

  • Mosquito-spread diseases claim millions of lives each year and remain an economic drag on poor countries. And, despite years of efforts to eradicate the insects, environmental mismanagement may be making humans more vulnerable

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A female Aedes aegypti mosquito sucks blood from a human host. Scientists say there are 110 trillion mosquitoes on Earth, or 14,000 for each one of us. Photo: Handout via AP
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