Roundtable discussion highlights Hungarian-Philippine agricultural cooperation

The Embassy of Hungary in the Philippines hosted a roundtable discussion to discuss agricultural cooperation between Hungary and Philippines on 4 October 2022 in its headquarters in Taguig City, Metro Manila. 

“Agriculture is one of the most prosperous parts of the Hungarian-Philippine cooperation; however, there is plenty of room for development. Our aim with this event is to identify new fields of cooperation as well as deepen our already blooming collaborations,” said Mate Kiss, Trade attache. 

Dr. Titanilla Tóth, Hungarian Ambassador, Embassy of Hungary, Manila; Dr. Csaba Gyuricza, Rector of the Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences (MATE); Dr. László Aleksza, founder and CEO of ProfiKomp Environmental Technologies Inc. were also in attendance during the roundtable discussion. 

The Philippine Department of Agriculture was represented by the International Affairs Division (IAD), Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), Bureau of Plant Industry, and Bureau of Soils and Water Management. 

DA-IAD introduced the established collaboration between the two countries and discussed avenues for future collaboration through joint programs. The three bureaus under the department presented a brief profile of their respective agency including their current thrusts and priorities. 

DA-BAR assistant director for Research Support Services Dr. Anthony B. Obligado presented the bureau’s R4D strategies covering technology development, support for technology commercialization and business incubation, scaling of agricultural technologies, and institutional capacity enhancement. 

Through the bureau’s International R4D Relations Unit, the bureau establishes strategic partnerships with international R&D institutions— exploring opportunities for cooperation and collaboration on R4DE related programs, activities, and projects. Activities include establishment and maintenance of technical cooperation with new and existing international partners; represent the bureau in international stakeholder consultations and other knowledge exchange activities; coordinate on international capacity development opportunities; and respond to the international R4DE requirements from internal and external partners. (### Ma. Eloisa H. Aquino)