The scoping study is funded by the DFAT through the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). It aims to examine and share evidence of emerging inclusive agribusiness innovation trends in the ASEAN region with specific focus on countries where Grow Asia Chapter is being organized (Philippines, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Indonesia). It identifies relevant players and their activities and roles in the region in relation to inclusive agribusiness. The research provides an analysis of effective practices and implications of these for future investments, policy decisions, and partnership strategies. The results of the study will feed into the Inclusive Agribusiness Southeast Asia Roundtable. Dr. Nerlita M. Manalili, a well-known Agribusiness Specialist in the region and former SEARCA head for R&D, carries out the scoping study in coordination with SEARCA’s Research and Development Department.
SEARCA through Dr. Bessie M. Burgos, Program Head for Research and Development, is also part of the informal Inclusive Agribusiness Reference Group that will support the aspirations of the Inclusive Agribusiness Roundtable. The Reference Group provides strategic advice on macroregional trends, challenges, and opportunities effecting inclusive agribusiness in the region. In this connection, SEARCA received and met with Ms. Jennifer Kelly and Ms. Michaela Cosijn from the Food Systems Innovation-CSIRO on 16 June 2015 for a general discussion about the Roundtable and the research progress. (Bessie M. Burgos)