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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, a trade and innovation fair, and photo and video contests. 

Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
28 Oct 2019 Opening Session Welcome Remarks Takehiko Nakao
28 Oct 2019 Session 1: Farming Crisis (Keynote) Farming Crisis
This presentation stresses the need for new frameworks for public investment, build and rebuild state capacity, and harness technology for farming...
Mekhala Krishnamurthy
28 Oct 2019 Session 2: Dysfunctional Agriculture Markets and Malnutrition (Keynote) Rising Levels of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Intensify Malnutrition
Malnutrition is multifaceted problem and solution requires several dimensions. Learn how atmospheric carbon dioxide affects the food we eat...
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
The large demographics facts – 3.4billion 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
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
This presentation gives an overview of the joint publications of ADB and the International Food Policy Research Institute that assess the investment...
Mark Rosegrant
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 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 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 growing...
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
AgUnity is helping farmers through the use of smartphones. Download this material to learn more. 
David Davies
30 Oct 2019 Session 7: Voices from the Field–Farmers’ Roundtable Discussion Jit Kumari Yogi, Indra Gunawan, Paulina de Afria, Jose Romeo Ebron, Sehar Iqbal, Ganpat R. Parthe

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