TAGAYTAY CITY, Cavite—The Development Academy of the Philippines, in partnership with the Asian Productivity Organization (APO) and the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), conducted the “Asian Food and Agribusiness Conference” this September 13-15 in this city.
With the theme “Enhancing exports of Organic Products”, the event served as a platform for leaders of the agrifood sector to discuss emerging trends as well as success and challenges affecting the productivity and sustainability of Asian organic agrifood small- and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs).
Key stakeholders in the said sector such as the agriculture arm of the Philippines and APO member countries graced the event and shared successful models of SMEs in organic farming. This is in the hope of enhancing export opportunities for agribusiness and food industry.
“We aim to improve the global competitiveness of our agriculture sector particularly with the recent economic reintegration under the ASEAN economic community. The importance of ASEAN as the economic bloc cannot be discounted,” said Senator Cynthia Villar who serves as the Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food.
The conference also featured discussions on the emerging global and regional trends, opportunities and challenges in organic agriculture and food industry; key regulations on the entry of organic food products in the market; and development of business intelligence, certification system, and other support programs for organic exporters.
Bangladesh, Cambodia, Republic of China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines compose the APO.