APEC Workshop on Greater Cooperation



The Philippine’s Department of Agriculture participated in the “APEC Workshop on Greater Cooperation on Scientific and Technological Innovation for Higher Added Value in Food Production Chain” on 18-19 October 2018 in Beijing, China.

Ms. Cynthia Remedios V. de Guia, Philippine delegate from the Bureau of Agricultural Research served as lecturer on the topic, “Boosting Philippine agriculture through innovations: Use of Rice Crop Manager (RCM) towards increased farmer productivity,” which highlighted RCM as an ICT-based decision-making tool that provides Filipino farmers in irrigated and rainfed lowlands with precise field- and farmer-specific recommendations, hence addressing the challenges of producing rice in diverse environment and production systems within the country.

The Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), in close collaboration with the Chinese Government (Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Agriculture), spearheaded, organized and funded the workshop. The event underpinned Beijing’s Declaration during the Third APEC Ministerial Meeting on Food Security in 2014 to “boost agricultural productivity, and food production and availability through sustainable development, innovation, science and technology, and an enabling environment”.

The CAAS is a national agricultural scientific research organization that promotes sustainable agriculture within and outside China. It is dedicated to produce technologies and innovation that would impact agricultural development. With international cooperation, as an essential part of its mission, it extends its reach through technology exchange and research agreements with agricultural research institutions and universities not just in the domestic landscape but also with international institutions and organizations.

As such, the workshop served as a platform of sharing experiences and lessons among the participating economies to better understand how to build on more sustainable systems through innovations in the whole food production chain. Australia, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Russia, The Philippines, and Thailand were the economies that have presented. There were also Special Reports and presentations from the various APEC Centers. ###

Guests, resource persons, and delegates from APEC member economies

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