International Conference on Carabao-Based Enterprise Development
Date: 26-27 October 2017 Place: PCC National Headquarters and Gene Pool, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, Philippines
The conference aims to provide an avenue for exchanging knowledge and experiences in the process of buffalo-based enterprise development from two perspectives: (a) institutional or government enterprise development perspective, and (b) private sector enterprise development perspective. The conference also aims to explore mutually beneficial partnerships, collaboration, or cooperation with experts and with counterpart or similar institutions outside the Philippines. Focusing on carabao-based enterprise development, the event will gather stakeholders from government, national and international research agencies, civil society organizations, experts, scientists, the private sector including medium and small scale entrepreneurs and dairy cooperative farmers to enhance the potential contribution of the carabao industry to food and nutrition security and towards enabling smallholders to have resilient livelihoods.
The conference, to be held biennially, is envisaged as Southeast Asia's premier regular forum for knowledge exchange on the state-of-the-art, gaps, and opportunities in agricultural and rural development. This gathering can help inform policymaking on ARD, foster wider dissemination and application of good practices, and facilitate various forms of regional cooperation in ARD.
Second International Conference on ARD in Southeast Asia: Strengthening Resilience, Equity and Integration in ASEAN Food and Agriculture Systems
Date: 12-13 November 2014 Place: Makati Shangri-La, Manila, Philippines
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The Second International Conference on ARD in Southeast Asia: Strengthening Resilience, Equity and Integration in ASEAN Food and Agriculture Systems aimed to provide a venue for sharing the wide and diverse knowledge pool on ARD that exists within and beyond the Southeast Asian region. Specific objectives include the following:
Highlight creative and innovative technological and practical approaches in the various processes comprising the agricultural system, spanning the entire agricultural value chain from production through to post-harvest, processing, marketing, transport and logistics;
Showcase and derive useful lessons from institutional successes (and failures) in the management of the agricultural system and rural communities, including governance and value chain relationships; and
Draw evidence-based policy implications from the knowledge exchange, to guide regional, national and sub-national policies and initiatives for ARD in the context of intensified regional cooperation and integration.
The conference featured plenary sessions, thematic parallel sessions, side events, exhibits, field visits, and sponsored lunches and dinners. Studies and papers invited for presentation were organized under the following themes: (1) Productivity Improvement, (2) Inclusive Value Chains, (3) Sustainability and Poverty Reduction, (4) Food Security and Food Safety, (5) Regional Cooperation and Integration, (6) Institutions and Governance.