This experts consultation forum is by invitation only.
Background and Rationale
By 2050, the global population is projected to reach ten billion, up from eight billion today. Large numbers of people entering the middle class, in countries like China and India, the Southeast Asian region included, and adopting middle-class eating habits - like consuming more meat, which requires more grain - only adds to the burden.
To close the food gap, worldwide farm productivity will have to increase by 60 percent in 2050. But increasing climate risks and uncertainties exacerbate Southeast Asia's reduced ability to increase food production for its own growing population, given the degraded condition of its natural resource base, among other challenges such as its ageing farm population and urbanizing food habits.
But the rapidly changing environment of agriculture and development (AD) calls for constantly keeping our ears close to the ground to stay in tune with AD's shifting landscape. Among the changes to contend with are technologies in agriculture internet of things (IoT) and their potentials in sustainable agricultural intensification; China's Belt and Road Initiative that physically links China with ASEAN countries across national boundaries giving way to regional/cross-border value chains; and emergence of a new breed of educated family farmers including farm tourism operators who are rediscovering agriculture as a venture or better lifestyle. Yet the uncertainties of climate change, and of challenges to the inclusion and integration of smallholder farmers in the current movement toward agricultural transformation, remain as important challenges
A one-day experts consultation forum on Reshaping Agriculture and Development in Southeast Asia is thus proposed to draw out high-level analyses and scenarios in order to distill emerging opportunities and challenges that would bear upon collaborative arrangements for agriculture and development in the Southeast Asian region.
In general, the experts consultation forum on Reshaping Agriculture and Development in Southeast Asia aims to distill from current developments and emerging scenarios the opportunities and challenges for direction-setting and strategizing towards an integrated agenda in agriculture and development in Southeast Asia so as to be able to proactively address these rapid changes.
Specifically, the regional experts consultation forum will:
Analyze opportunities and challenges for agriculture and development in the Southeast Asian region in the next five to ten years;
Calibrate the thrusts and themes where regional and national institutions and networks in Southeast Asia may collaborate and complement one another along the current and projected gaps/needs of the region in AD; and
Recommend directions and innovative approaches in the pursuit of shared regional mandates / goals and programs.
Panel of Experts
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