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May 23-24, 2017
Yilan City, Yilan County, Taiwan
Background / Highlights of Activity


        Organic agriculture is a holistic production management system which promotes and enhances agroecosystem health, including biodiversity, biological cycles, and soil biological activity. It provides several benefits, as it reduces many of the environmental impacts of conventional agriculture, reduces reliance on costly inputs, guarantees food safety, and increases price premiums. Organic farmers also benefit from organizing in farmer cooperatives and the building of social networks, which give them with better access to new technologies, training and credit. Organic agriculture generally reduces the vulnerability of farmers as the higher organic prices act as buffer against the low prices and price volatility of conventional markets, as organic systems are often more resilient against extreme weather events, and as the often diverse organic crop-livestock systems offer a diverse set of outputs.

        The global organic food market is growing and consumer demand increasing, global organic food market is approximately 75 billion euros and Asia market is 6 billion euros. In 2015, there are 2.4 million organic agriculture producers, 1/3 of them are in Asia, and it has been a 10 times increase in the number since 1999. There is growing public awareness of the health and environmental benefits of organic food, and an increasing demand for local and organic agricultural products in recent years. Some communities in USA, European, and Asian countries had begun to build locally-supported systems to meet emerging market demands, and consumers were gaining more exposure to the concept of local food at their grocery stores and neighborhood farmers market. Today, farmers can sell organic products into local markets, from farmers markets and Community Supported Agriculture to local restaurants, grocery stores and institutions (hospital, elementary school lunch, public offices and etc.), generating huge returns for local communities. Organic farming increasing diversity in agriculture, from local to global and from conventional to organic, it not only creates new business opportunities for enterprises but also for the small-scale farmers.

        The Food and Fertilizer Technology Center (FFTC), the National Ilan University (NIU), Yilan Irrigation Association and Council of Agriculture (COA) in Taiwan join hands to organize the proposed workshop to share the current organic agriculture related issues as well as different approaches implemented by different groups toward green agriculture. The workshop is also showing the successful business models in Taiwan and deliberating the direction of future research and ways to strengthen collaboration to face the challenges of climate change on small-scale organic cultivation systems in the Asian and Pacific Region.


  1. Current Status of Organic Agriculture in the Asian and Pacific Region
  2. Assisting SSFs in Organic Agriculture: Roles of Government, Universities and Industries
  3. Successful Business Models in Marketing Organic Products


        To collate, collect, and share current development of organic farming, organic farming systems, practical organic experiences, and successful business models in marketing organic products in the Asian and Pacific region.


  • Experiences shared/exchanged about organic practices, certification programs, and eco-friendly agriculture
  • Knowledge and experiences relating to successful business models in marketing organic products
  • Hardcopy and electronic versions of seminar proceedings circulated to a wider audience


  • Organic agriculture research professionals from both government and the academic
  • Representatives from regional organizations
  • Local farmers and private sectors


23 May:   Workshop oral presentation, field study

24 May:   Workshop oral presentation and general discussion






Organic Agriculture in Japan and Perspective of Organic Vegetable Production in Green House | Paper: (443) PPT: (456)
Dr. Akimasa Nakano

On the Rise: Taiwan's Organic Agriculture | Paper: (410) PPT: (428)
Dr. Lih-Fang Lin

Current Status of Organic Farming in Thailand | Paper: (523) PPT: (399)
Dr. Sali Chinsathit

Organic Farm Production in Vietnam: Current Status and Future Prospective | Paper: (405)
Dr. Dam Ngo Doan

Promoting Organic Agriculture in Taiwan: The Role of Education Institutes | Paper: (401) PPT: (419)
Dr. Shih-Shiung Chen

Assisting Small-scale Farmers in Organic Agriculture: The Role of Rural Development Administration | Paper: (465) PPT: (401)
Dr. Young Woong Byeon 

Strengthening Organic Agriculture Industry in Malaysia through Research and Technology | Paper: (407) PPT: (442)
Ms. Illani Zuraihah Ibrahim

Pushing For Ecological, Fair and Sustainable Agriculture | Paper: (365) PPT: (455)
Mr. Ramon P. Maranon

Developing Organic Agriculture as New Business Opportunity for Small-scale Farmers