Focus Group Discussion " Technology Transfer Supporting Sustainable Agriculture"
The transfer of agricultural technology is required to support the improvements of production and productivity as well as the sustainable income of farmers. However, the majority of farmers in Indonesia are smallholders who mostly do not have sufficient resources to adopt modern technology. Efforts on identifying the various problems and constraints as well as formulating alternative solutions related to the transfer of agricultural technology become very important. It is purposed that technologies produced by researchers of IAARD (Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development) would be able to adopt by users maximally.
National Seminar on the World Food Day 2014 “Agricultural Bioindustry-Based Potential Local Food”
As activity series to commemorate the 34th World Food Day, the National Seminar was conducted on 4 November 2014 at Clarion Hotel Makassar, South Sulawesi. There were 300 participants namely academia, researchers, experts, bureaucrats, practitioners, and NGO (Non-Government Organization) members attending this seminar.
Successful Working Visit of Minister of Agriculture to the Center for Rice Research in Sukamandi
On 30 September 2014, the Minister of Agriculture conducted working visit to the Center for Rice Research in Sukamandi, West Java. This working visit involved the director and echelon II officers of IAARD including director of ICASEPS. The minister expressed that the political spirit of food sovereignty should be reflected in the budget policy. It is estimated that at the time of the beginning work of the ministry of agriculture requires about Rp 24 trillion for food self-sufficiency program.
Competitiveness of Selected Food Crops of Indonesia: A Policy Analysis Matrix Approach
On 25 September 2014, ICASEPS conducted a routine seminar in the office of ICASEPS at Jalan Ahmad Yani 70 Bogor. The presenter and lead discussant of the seminar were Mr. Syaiful Bachri (the World Bank) and Dr. Achmad Suryana (senior researcher of ICASEPS), respectively. The participants were officers of IAARD, General Secretariat of Agricultural Ministry, and other government agencies, as well as researchers of ICASEPS.
Open House of Agro Innovation Service Work of Agency for Agricultural Research and Development “Supporting Technology Innovation towards Realizing the Sustainable Agriculture” in Bangka Belitung
On 23 September 2014, representing the Director of ICFCRD (Indonesian Center for Food Crops Research and Development), the Director of ICASEPS gave the opening speech on the ceremony of “Open House of Agro Innovation Service Week of Agency for Agricultural Research and Development” at AIAT (Assessment Institute for Agricultural Technology) of Bangka Belitung province. The open house was part of the 40th anniversary ceremony of IAARD (Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development) as well as strategy to disseminate the research results and develop collaboration network with relevant institutions and other stakeholders.
The Ecohealth 2014 Conference-Montreal Canada
EcoHealth 2014 was held in Montréal, Canada, from August 11th to 15th, 2014. The conference was organized under the auspices of the International Association for Ecology and Health (IAEH) and co-hosted by the Canadian Community of Practice in EcoHealth (CoPEH-Canada) and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Well-Being, Health, Society and Environment (Cinbiose) of the Université du Québec at Montréal (UQAM). Previous biennial conferences were held in Wisconsin (2006), Mérida (2008), London (2010) and Kunming (2012), and the next conference will be held in Melbourne, Australia.