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 March 02 2017

FFTC, the National Ilan University (NIU) and Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture (COA) join hands to organize a workshop on organic agriculture with special focus on its business opportunity. This will be held on May 23-24, 2017 at the National Ilan University.

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) for the Asian and Pacific Region and the National Ilan University (NIU) 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.

Workshop themes:

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

Workshop objective:

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.

Expected outputs:

  • 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

Expected participants:

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

Venue:

Ilan University:

No. 1, Section 1, Shennong Road, Yilan City, Yilan County, 260

Workshop activities:

The workshop will consist of paper presentations and group discussion.

23 May:       Workshop oral presentation

24 May:       Workshop oral presentation and general discussion

Registration

  • Registration is open until the 5th of May 2017
  • Authors’ registration includes all events in the workshop, field studies, breaks, and lunch, welcome and farewell dinners
  • Listeners' registration includes the workshop, breaks, and lunches
  • To register, please register in our website 

Co-organizers of the workshop

  • National Ilan University (NIU): Dr. Chang-Ju Huang-Tzeng
  • Food and Fertilizer Technology Center (FFTC):  Dr. Wan-Tien Tsai at < wantientsai@fftc.org.tw>
  • Yilan Irrigation Association
  • Council of Agriculture (COA)

Reference

  1. The FAO Glossary on Organic Agriculture, 2009
  2. The World of Organic Agriculture, 2017
     

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

23-24 MAY, 2017

National Ilan University: No. 1, Section 1, Shennong Road, Yilan City, Yilan County, Taiwan

Tentative Program

 

23 May 2017 (Tuesday)

09.00-09.30

Registration

8F Jia Se Building

09.30-9.50

Opening Ceremony

Moderator: Mr. Ronald Mangubat

Information Officer, FFTC

Welcome Remarks

Mr. Tsung-Hsien Lin

Minister, COA

Dr. Po-Ching Wu

President, NIU

Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin

Director, FFTC

Introduction of Participants

Dr. Wan-Tien Tsai

Agricultural Specialist, FFTC

09.50-10.00

Group Photo

10.00-10.20

Tea/Coffee Break

Session I

Current Status of Organic Agriculture in the Asian and Pacific Region
Chairperson: Dr. Chang-Ju Huang-Tzeng

Professor, Department of Applied Economics & Management, National Ilan University, Taiwan

10.20-11.15

Organic Agriculture in Japan and Perspective of Organic Vegetable Production in Green House

Dr. Akimasa Nakano

Project Leader

Institute of Vegetable and Floriculture Science, NARO, Japan

11.15-12.10

On the Rise: Taiwan’s Organic Agriculture (展翅飛翔中的臺灣有機農業)

Dr. Lih-Fang Lin

Deputy Director-General

Agriculture and Food Agency, Taiwan

12.10-13.30

Lunch

NIU (Buffet)

13.30-14.05

Organic Farming Development in the Philippines

Mr. Ramon P. Maranon

Organic Farming Board

c/o Department of Agriculture, Philippines

14.05-14.40

Strengthening Organic Agriculture Industry in Malaysia through Research and Technology

Ms. Illani Zuraihah Ibrahim

Senior Research Officer

Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute, Malaysia

 

24 May 2017 (Wednesday)

09.00-09.20

Registration

8F Jia Se Building

Session II

Developing Green Agriculture

Chairperson: Dr. Akimasa Nakano

Project Leader

Institute of Vegetable and Floriculture Science, NARO, Japan

9.20-10.15

Current Status of Organic Farming in Korea

Korea

10.15-10.50

Organic Agricultural Information systems in Taiwan

Dr. Chang-Ju Huang-Tzeng

Department of Applied Economics & Management, National Ilan University, Taiwan

10.50-11.10

Tea/Coffee Break

 

11.15-11.45

Organic Production in Vietnam: Current Status and Future Prospective

Dr. Dam Ngo Doan

Deputy Director-General

Field Crops Research Institute

Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Vietnam

11.45-12.20

Current Status of Organic Farming in Thailand

Dr. Sali Chinsathit

Senior Agricultural Expert

Office of Agricultural Research and Development region 6, Department of Agriculture of Thailand

Note: The schedule may be subjected to change if necessary