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


by Adam Kennedy | January 2, 2018

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






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


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)


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


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