The 2017 ReSAKSS-Asia conference:  Agriculture and Rural Transformation in Asia

THE 2017 RESAKSS-ASIA CONFERENCE: AGRICULTURE AND RURAL TRANSFORMATION IN ASIA

by Adam Kennedy

Agriculture and Rural Transformation in Asia: Past Experiences and Future Opportunities

December 12th – 13thDusit Thani International Hotel, Bangkok

 

An international conference jointly organized by ReSAKSS-Asia, IFPRI, the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), and TVSEP project of Leibniz Universit Hannover with financial support from USAID and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

The conference will be followed by a field trip to Charoen Pokphand (CP) Company's facilities on Dec 14th.

The objectives are to:

  • Exchange experiences and promote cross-country learning in agricultural and rural transformation
  • Bring together researchers and analysts with policy makers to disseminate policy research results and encourage dialogue
  • Strengthen the ReSAKSS-Asia network, identify emerging policy-relevant research topics, and outline future networking opportunities

 

DAY 1 AGENDA

 

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS 

 

Tuesday, December 12 (Day 1) (Moderator: Suresh Babu, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI)

8:00 – 8:45      Registration

8:45 – 9:00      Goal and Objectives of Day One:  Moderator

 9:00 – 10:30    OPENING SESSION (Chair: Suresh Babu)

                         Welcome remarks

Ms. Jariya Suthichaiya, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand

Jeffrey Spence, USAID Deputy Mission Director, Regional Development Mission to Asia

Nipon Poapongsakorn, Distinguished Fellow / former TDRI President

Hermann Waibel, TVSEP Coordinator, Leibniz Universit Hannover

PK Joshi, Director, IFPRI Asia

 

Keynote address

Rural Incomes in the Context of Structural and Agricultural Transformation

Speaker

David Dawe, FAO Senior Economist, Bangkok, Thailand

Q&A and Discussion

 

10:30 – 11:00  Coffee/Tea Break

 

11:00 – 12:00  PANEL SESSION 1: Policymaker Panel Discussion on the Role of the Government and Challenges the Government Face in Agricultural and Rural Transformation (Chair: Ammar Siamwalla, Distinguished Fellow/ former TDRI President)

                        Panelists

Dr. Dang Van Cuong, Director, Communication and International Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam

Ms. Masuma Younus, Deputy Research Director. Agriculture Policy Support Unit, Ministry of Agriculture, Bangladesh

Mr. Vinoth Vansy, Director, Economic Integration Division, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Lao PDR

Chantanond Wannakaihon,  Deputy Secretary General, Office of Agricultural Economics, Thailand

Tin Htut Oo, Chairman, Agriculture Group, Yoma Strategic Holdings

Facilitator

Duncan Boughton, Professor, Michigan State University–Myanmar

 

12:00 – 13:30  PLENARY SESSION 1: Country Experiences with Agricultural and Rural Transformation: A National Perspective (15 minutes each presenter; Chair: PK Joshi, Director, IFPRI Asia)   

 Q&A and Discussion

 

13:30 – 14:30  Lunch

 

14:30 – 15:30  PLENARY SESSION 2: Country Experiences with Agricultural and Rural Transformation: An Assessment from the Bottom up (20 minutes each presenter; Chair: Ulrike Grote, Professor, Leibniz University Hannover)

Q&A and Discussion

 

15:30 – 16:00  Coffee/Tea Break and Networking

 

16:00 – 17:15  PARALLEL SESSION 1A: Modern Farm Management Technologies and Their Adoption (15 minutes each presenter; Chair: Kevin Chen, Head of East Asia and Central Asia Office, IFPRI-Beijing)

Q&A and Discussion

 

16:00 – 17:15  PARALLEL SESSION 1B: Economic linkages and Migration (15 minutes each presenter; Chair: Hermann Waibel, Leibniz Universität Hannover)

Q&A and Discussion

 

17:15 – 17:30 Closing Remarks (Suresh Babu)

 

18:00 – 20:00  Reception and Dinner

 

DAY 2