The ISARD Policy Roundtable Series (PRT) aims to inform policy in agricultural and rural development (ARD). It looks to apprise concerned stakeholders of evidence-based policy lessons/implications resulting from science-based studies and to provide a venue for in-depth discussion of the issue and said policy lesson/implication, particularly as it impacts the poor and vulnerable sectors. Policymakers, researchers, development workers, and the private sector are among the target participants and beneficiaries, with agricultural/rural communities as the ultimate beneficiaries.
The most recent PRTs conducted were as follows:
29-30 Jul 2015
Improving The Agricultural Insurance Program To Enhance Resilience To Climate Change In Southeast Asia
This roundtable envisions the promotion and cooperation in the practice of agricultural insurance in the Southeast Asian region and a consensus for the way forward in improving the insurance program to enhance resilience to climate change. More specifically, the Policy Roundtable aims to:
Share knowledge and experiences on various facets of agricultural insurance in Southeast Asia;
Identify key issues and challenges related to agriculture insurance;
Explore possible partnerships between and among governments, development organizations, and other stakeholders to actively collaborate on research, knowledge management, capacity building, and other activities; and
Identify policy directions and recommendations for an enabling environment towards an improved agricultural insurance program.
A total of 45 participants will be invited from the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC), Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), ministries of agriculture of various Southeast Asian countries, the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (University Consortium), and organizations working on agricultural insurance.
Ascott Makati, Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati City, Philippines
26-27 May 2014
Policy Roundtable on Biotechnology: Biotechnology for Food Security in a Climate Change Scenario and ASEAN Integration
To share information on the state and commitment of member countries in the development and regulation of modern biotechnology products;
To understand the impacts of biotechnology on agriculture, food security and poverty in the region;
To explore possible areas for collaboration and cooperation in the development of biotechnology products as adaptation strategy for climate change; and
To identify areas in biotechnology product regulations that may negatively affect free trade within the ASEAN.
Two representatives each from Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Cambodia, and a total of 10 from Vietnam (including secretariat support) participated in the activity. Representatives of international development organizations and those working on biotechnology were likewise invited.
Baoson Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam
International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA)
Institute of Agricultural Genetics of the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences
Click here to downloadThis forum was in accordance with the commitment of parties, as stated in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), for the promotion and cooperation in the “exchange of relevant scientific, technological, technical, socio-economic and legal information related to the climate system and climate change, and to the economic and social consequences of various response strategies.” Likewise, this activity could be considered as part of the education, training and public awareness component of the Convention as it contributes toward overcoming barriers to mainstreaming: the dearth of science-based information, of communication between the science and policy communities, of a knowledge base on successful processes and methods, and of financial resources/instruments.
The Forum aimed to discuss an array of adaptation strategies on coping with the challenges in agriculture and food brought about by climate change; appreciate the requisites for an enabling environment to meet its challenges; understand mainstreaming approaches and challenges; identify appropriate entry points at both policy and implementation levels for integrating climate change adaptation strategies into development plans; identify financial instruments to fund efforts in mainstreaming; and explore possible partnerships between and among APAN, SEARCA, other APAN nodes, governments, and other development organizations to actively collaborate on research, capacity building, and other activities to mainstream adaptation strategies in the agriculture sector.
Around 33 representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, socio-economic planning agency, other agencies working on mainstreaming climate change adaptation, and universities in Southeast Asia participated in the Forum.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN)
General Directorate of Agriculture of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF)