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Rural Development and Food Security Forum 2019: Transformative Changes for Rural Prosperity and Nutritious Food

28 October 2019 to 30 October 2019
Manila
Philippines

The Asia Pacific region has made significant progress in terms of reducing food insecurity. Despite the remarkable gains, the region is still faced with challenges such as the increasing demand, climate change, shrinking agriculture workforce, and unsustainable use of natural resources, among others. Promoting rural development is critical in helping solve food security issues and propelling economic development.

The Asian Development Bank, through the Rural Development and Food Security (Agriculture) Thematic Group, organized the Rural Development Food Security Forum that served as a platform to exchange good practices, lessons learned, and innovative ideas on rural development and food security. The Forum built on the knowledge and learning gained from the 2016 Food Security Forum, 2017 Knowledge-Intensive Agriculture Workshop, 2018 Asia Water Forum, and the 2018 Digital Development Forum. The Forum also helped chart the strategic direction of rural development and food security as ADB’s fifth operational priority (OP5) in Strategy 2030 through the new Operational Plan for Rural Development and Food Security, 2019-2024.

The Forum included plenary and breakout sessions and an innovation marketplace. 

Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
28 Oct 2019 Opening Session Transformative Changes for Rural Prosperity and Nutritious Food - Welcome Remarks
Welcome remarks by Takehiko Nakao, President, Asian Development Bank at the Rural Development and Food Security Forum, 28 October 2019, ADB ...
Takehiko Nakao
28 Oct 2019 Session 1: Farming Crisis (Keynote) Keynote Speech on the Farming Crisis [Slides] [Document] Dr. Mekhala Krishnamurthy, Associate Professor of Sociology & Social Anthropology from Ashoka University, India delivers the Keynote... Mekhala Krishnamurthy
28 Oct 2019 Session 2: Dysfunctional Agriculture Markets and Malnutrition Rising Levels of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Intensify Malnutrition [Slides] [Document] Malnutrition is multifaceted problem and solution requires several dimensions. Learn how atmospheric carbon dioxide affects the food we ... Irakli Loladze
28 Oct 2019 Session 2: Dysfunctional Agriculture Markets and Malnutrition International Atomic Energy Agency Technical Coordination Program
Majority of ADB's developing member countries are none nuclear power countries. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) rolls our...
Jane Gerardo-Abaya
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
29 Oct 2019 Session 3: Rural Distress Tackling Rural Distress in the 21st Century: A New Trans-Disciplinary Multi-stakeholder Paradigm of Development [Slides] [Document] The large demographics facts – 3.4 billion today in rural population – will still be over 3 billion in 2050. People will still live in rural... Mihir Shah
29 Oct 2019 Publications Launch Keynote Address: Launch of Publications on Food Security Investment Requirements, Climate-Smart Practices, and Horticulture Value Chain Development [Slides] [Document] This presentation provides an overview of the joint publications launched. These are the outputs from the joint research with ADB's long-standing... Woochong Um
29 Oct 2019 Publications Launch Ending Hunger in Asia and the Pacific by 2030: An Assessment of Investment Requirements in Agriculture [Slides] [Document] This presentation gives an overview of the joint publications of ADB and the International Food Policy Research Institute that assess the investment... Mark W. Rosegrant
29 Oct 2019 Publications Launch Policies to Support Investment Requirements of Indonesia's Food and Agriculture Development during 2020-2045
This report provides analysis and policy recommendations on the investments needed in Indonesia’s agriculture sector to boost food security ...
29 Oct 2019 Publications Launch Ending Hunger in Asia and the Pacific by 2030: An Assessment of Investment Requirements in Agriculture
This report analyzes the impacts of agricultural challenges in Asia and the Pacific. It also identifies investments required in different subsectors...
29 Oct 2019 Publications Launch Information and Communication Technology for Agriculture in the People’s Republic of China
This report presents the findings of an assessment on the use of information and communication technology (ICT) to improve food production and...
29 Oct 2019 Publications Launch Climate-Smart Practices for Intensive Rice-Based Systems in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Nepal
This publication presents the outcomes of initiatives promoting climate-smart agricultural practices and technologies in Bangladesh, Cambodia...
29 Oct 2019 Publications Launch Dysfunctional Horticulture Value Chains and the Need for Modern Marketing Infrastructure
This briefs present findings on agricultural wholesale markets in Viet Nam, Pakistan, and Nepal. They also provide recommendations to help develop...
29 Oct 2019 Session 4: ADB Knowledge Sharing and Experience on Climate Change, Gender Equity, High-Level Technology, and Natural Resources Management Mongolia’s Agriculture and Rural Development and ADB’s Assistance
Learn how ADB is mobilizing its resources to beef up agriculture and rural development in Mongolia. 
Qingfeng Zhang
29 Oct 2019 Session 4: ADB Knowledge Sharing and Experience on Climate Change, Gender Equity, High-Level Technology, and Natural Resources Management Efforts to Apply High-Level Technologies in Central and West Asian Countries
This presentation showcases some of ADB’s innovative projects in Central and West Asia in the field of agriculture. It also highlights the lessons...
Natsuko Totsuka
29 Oct 2019 Session 4: ADB Knowledge Sharing and Experience on Climate Change, Gender Equity, High-Level Technology, and Natural Resources Management ADB Knowledge Sharing and Experience on Climate Change, Gender Equity, High-Level Technology, and Natural Resource Management (Southeast Asia)
This presentation showcases some of ADB’s innovative projects in Southeast Asia in the agriculture sector. It also highlights the lessons learned...
Srinivasan Ancha
29 Oct 2019 Session 5: Knowledge Sharing among Developing Member Countries Farmer Producer Organizations: Experience in Maharashtra
Check out how establishing farmer-producer organizations has helped farmers in Maharashtra, India. 
Anoop Kumar
29 Oct 2019 Session 5: Knowledge Sharing among Developing Member Countries Food Processing and Supply Chain Management
Check out how Thailand is mixing social and environmental dynamics with new technologies to improve the country's food supply chain. ...
Charoenchai (Charlie) Khompatraporn
29 Oct 2019 Session 5: Knowledge Sharing among Developing Member Countries Horticulture and Agri-food Business Development in Turkey
Turkey is the world’s fourth largest producer of fresh vegetables and 7th largest producer of fruits. Learn how the agriculture sector is...
Mustafa Erkan
29 Oct 2019 Session 5: Knowledge Sharing among Developing Member Countries Private Sector Initiatives in Agriculture
This presentation discusses how Sri Lanka-based Silvermill empowers farmer communities. 
Cedric Wijegunawardene
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
30 Oct 2019 Session 6: Financing Agripreneurs and Rural SMEs Financing Last Mile Communities [Slides] [Document] We cannot solve poverty without addressing financial inclusion; and we cannot bring about financial inclusion at any sort of scale without technology... David Davies
30 Oct 2019 Session 7: Voices from the Field–Farmers’ Roundtable Discussion Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development
Since 2002, the Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development has been helping farmers help themselves through a number ...
Jose Romeo Ebron
30 Oct 2019 Session 8: Voices from the Field - Youth Perspectives Creating Opportunities for Rural Youth
Ms. Sara Savastano, Director of the Research and Impact Assessment Division of the International Fund for Agriculture Development in Italy...
Sara Savastano
30 Oct 2019 Session 8: Voices from the Field - Youth Perspectives Preliminary Agricultural Survey
ADB’s Youth for Asia team ran a preliminary survey with farmers in Tarlac and Bulacan in the Philippines to assess the interest of youth’s interest...
William Lucht
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
31 Oct 2019 Exhibitors Netatech Pte Ltd
Netatech has been working for over a decade to develop CrowdFarmX, a cooperative platform for farmers that will enable farms of all sizes to...
David Tan, Daniel Wong
31 Oct 2019 Exhibitors AgUnity
Central to AgUnity’s solution is equipping farmers with smartphones and IOT technologies, which essentially transfer agency to each individual...
David Davies
31 Oct 2019 Exhibitors Cropin
CropIn leverages alternative agri-data, such as those derived from satellite monitoring, artificial intelligence and big data analytics, to ...
Arjun Dutta, Aakash Parekh, Jitesh Shah
31 Oct 2019 Exhibitors Eaglesensing
Eaglesensing develops solutions for crop management problems in large scale plantations, utilizing proprietary software created to derive maximum...
31 Oct 2019 Exhibitors SatSure
SAGE Banker by SatSure is a product suite for banks and financial institutions for increasing financial inclusion of small hold farmers, increase...
Abhishek Raju
31 Oct 2019 Exhibitors Geora
Geora’s open source technology bridges the gap between fundamental technical components and agri-supply chain participants, helping the community...
Bridie Ohlsson
31 Oct 2019 Exhibitors Grain Pro
GrainPro products help reduce food losses and improve food quality by protecting agricultural commodities against insect infestation, mold growth...
Tom de Bruin
31 Oct 2019 Exhibitors International Rice Research Institute
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is the world’s premiere research organization dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger through...
Arvind Kumar
31 Oct 2019 Exhibitors King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi
STEAM Platform empowers the youth in Asia in acquiring Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) knowledge and strategic communication...
Lerwen Liu, Panitsara Nakseemok

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