2nd International Conference on Agricultural and Rural Development in Southeast Asia

Strengthening Resilience, Equity and Integration in ASEAN Food and Agriculture Systems
12-13 November 2014 • Makati Shangri-La, Manila, Philippines

Themes and Topics

Achievement of resilience, equity and regional integration in agriculture and the rural sector across the Southeast Asian region will entail initiatives and interventions along various facets of the rural development challenges facing countries in the region. These span the range of concerns that include productivity at the level of primary production and at the various links of the value chain, sustainability and environmental management, approaches to rural poverty reduction, food security and food safety, institutions and governance, and regional economic integration. Studies and papers will thus be invited for presentation at the conference organized under the following themes, each with a conscious and deliberate effort to address implications on resilience, equity and regional integration.


Productivity Improvement

Improvement in productivity is a constant imperative for Southeast Asian farms and fisheries. Sessions under this theme will deal with issues and innovations in farm and fishery technologies and production systems. It will explore technical and socio-economic aspects of technological development in agriculture and fisheries, including on biotechnology, genetics, seed technology, aquatic agricultural systems, mechanization, irrigation and water management.

  • Plant and Animal Breeding
  • Aquatic Agricultural Systems
  • Farm Mechanization/Irrigation and Water Management
  • Biotechnology and Biosafety


Inclusive Value Chains

This theme examines the range of processes and transactions spanning the agriculture and fisheries value chain, from rural finance and farm credit, input markets and postharvest practices, to processing and value-adding, agri-based manufacturing, transport and logistics services. Of particular interest are innovations to widen participation in various links in the value chains, especially greater participation by primary producers in value adding toward improvement in farm incomes.

  • Farm Credits
  • Processing/Value Adding
  • Logistics System


Sustainability and Poverty Reduction

The Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 global agenda are focused on poverty reduction and sustainable development. This theme deals on sustainable agriculture and fisheries, addressing implications for rural poverty and the environment of various technologies and practices, both modern and traditional. Topics of interest include sustainable farming, sustainable landscapes, climate change adaptation, resource rights and equity, upland agriculture, ancestral lands and indigenous peoples, among others.

  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Upland Agriculture
  • Climate Change Adaptation


Food Security and Food Safety

Food security is one of the key goals of agricultural development, and is seen to be of paramount importance by numerous stakeholders. Sessions in this theme will explore various technological and public policy issues concerning food security, such as attendant governance issues, the debate on food self-sufficiency and “food sovereignty,” disaster management and mitigation, and food safety and nutrition. Various perspectives on food security concerns will be accommodated to promote healthy debate and knowledge sharing on associated issues.

  • Food Safety and Nutrition
  • Disaster Management & Mitigation
  • Food Reserves, Trade, and Investment
  • Food Security Governance


Regional Cooperation and Integration

The looming ASEAN Economic Community in 2015 draws attention to its attendant threats and opportunities facing domestic agricultural sectors in the member countries. Sessions under this theme will deal on the positive and negative implications of wider trade in agricultural products in the South East Asian region; opportunities in cross-border agricultural value chains; regional food security mechanisms; and other aspects of regional cooperation in agriculture and fisheries.

  • Regional Food Security Schemes
  • Agricultural Trade
  • Regional/Sub-regional Agricultural Value Chain


Institutions and Governance

This theme examines various institutional and governance issues in the agricultural development of South East Asian countries. Topics to be explored in the sessions will include agricultural policy issues at the regional, sub-regional, national and sub-national levels; institutional and governance challenges to effective management of agricultural development; role of private sector and civil society in agricultural development; economies of scale, clustering and cooperatives development; efficient land markets; and ARD innovation systems.

  • Clustering and Cooperatives
  • Land Markets
  • Agricultural Policy and Institutional Reforms
  • ARD Innovation Systems


Special Sessions

Special sessions will address other important topics that may not logically fall under any of the six themes, such as higher education and capacity development in ARD.

  • Higher Education and Capacity Building
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Others


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About the Organizer


SEARCA is one of the 21 regional centers of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO). Founded on 27 November 1966, SEARCA is mandated to strengthen institutional capacities in agricultural and rural development in Southeast Asia through graduate education, short-term training, research and development, and knowledge management.

Contact Us

For further information and inquiries, please contact:

Acting Program Head
Research and Development
Department, SEARCA
Los Baños, Laguna 4031 Philippines

Tel: +63 49 536-2287 loc 131