Agricultural Innovation for Food Security and Environmental Sustainability


3~5 April 2018

Hanoi, Vietnam


In recent years, developing countries, China and India in particular, have been working hard to provide enough food for their explosively increasing populations; consequently, the agricultural sectors of those countries have achieved outstanding progress in satisfying their growing populations’ nutritional needs. At the same time however, their land and water resources, which form the foundation of any sustainable and self-sufficient food supply, are being used at an unprecedented rate. This has created a situation in which many developing countries’ natural resources are either in a state of depletion or on the verge of complete exhaustion. Moreover, they are now facing the secondary problem of paying for the increased environmental and health costs that arise as a by-product, like air pollution, desertification and surface runoff.

If the developing countries keep up this pace of natural resource usage, with their increased domestic demands, agricultural self-sufficiency will ultimately decrease to the point of threatening their food security. Therefore, an analysis of the current trends in agricultural technological innovation is urgently needed in order to devise appropriate strategies to tackle imminent problems and issues.

It is recommended that developing countries should take notice of the following points: (i) technology is the key to sustainable production and consumption; (ii) self-innovation in agricultural technology is a ‘must’ to move away from the tendency to excessively rely on developed countries for assistance; (iii) focusing on the increase of technology-oriented production is requested; and lastly (iv) the reformation of agricultural technology and mechanisms will bring sustainable agricultural development. On the other hand, it was found that the main hindrances in agricultural technological development are: (i) the lack of awareness regarding agricultural technological innovation; (ii) absence of effective methods to disseminate agricultural technology; and (iii) limitations in pursuing technological innovation.

Based on the above observations, capacity building training for government officials and civil society leaders in the Asia-Pacific region is required. This upcoming workshop will provide the participants with approaches and strategies for (i) agricultural technology policy establishment and implementation; (ii) research and development for agricultural input industry; (iii) investment in production line and research clusters; (iv) expansion of joint research projects and exchange of agricultural experts; and (v) devising of cooperation programs for effective global exchange.

Event objectives

This workshop aims to enhance participants’ knowledge of theory and practice of agricultural innovation, food security and environmental sustainability. The workshop program allows participants to listen to and learn about international trends from experts actively engaged in these fields.

Learning objectives

    To enable participants to:

Content and structure

The course content will include the following topics:


     The workshop will be comprised of:

Target audience

    This workshop is open to those in central and local government, non-profit and academic sectors in the Asia-Pacific region who wish to implement sustainable development policies in both urban and rural settings, or make their contribution to enhancing food security through agricultural innovation.


Selected applicants are required to:

Event detail

  • Title:

Workshop on Agricultural Innovation for Food Security and Environmental Sustainability

  • Date and Venue:

3~5 April 2018 / Hanoi, Vietnam

  • Organizers:

UNITAR CIFAL Jeju, Asian Development Bank Institute, UN Environment, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province and SWITCH-Asia

  • Content:

Presentation, discussion and study visit

(A certificate will be awarded at the end of the workshop.)

Application and deadline

     Send the following 7 documents to by 23 February 2018 (Friday):

  1. Download forms or guidelines from (Notice → Upcoming events)
  1. Application
  2. Letter of nomination
  3. Letter of commitment
  4. Case study description (see guidelines)
  5. Acknowledgement, waiver and release of liability
  6. Consent to collection, usage and disclosure of personal information
  1. Curriculum vitae (CV) – form of your own (※Late application will not be accepted.)


Assistance with travel expenses

Point of departure

Airfare assistance limit

Eastern Asia[1]

US$ 400 (from Mongolia US$ 700)

South-Eastern Asia[2]

US$ 350

Southern Asia[3]

US$ 700

* Other points of departure – please contact UNITAR CIFAL Jeju


[1] China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mongolia and Taiwan

[2] Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam

[3] Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

Program (draft)






3 April


Session 1-1

Opening ceremony




  Keynote speech

  • Mr. Chul-Ju KIM, Deputy Dean, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)

 Welcoming remarks

  • Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Song, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Economics and Rural Development, Vietnam National University of Agriculture

  Group photo and coffee break

Session 1-2

Understanding of agricultural development and Governance


  International Trade and Agricultural Development

  • Dr. Michael C. Huang, Researcher, SciREX Center, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

  Understanding green revolution and food independence in Asia

  • Dr. ANGAYARKANNI. A, Professor, Annamalai University, India



Session 1-3

Agriculture development and international cooperation in Asia


  Understanding global grain trading business

  • Dr. N. PANCHANATHAM, Professor, Business School of Annamalai University

  Introducing ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve

  • Mr. Attayothin NITTHI, Asian Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve Secretariat


  Coffee break

Session 1-4

Sustainable production and consumption


  Sustainable production and consumption I & II (via SKYPE)

  • Dr. Mushtaq A MEMON, Regional Coordinator, UN Environment




  Welcome dinner by ADBI


4 April


Session 2-1

Policy recommendation


  Understanding infrastructure financing on agriculture

  • Dr. Long Q. TRINH, Research Consultant, ADBI

Volatility Linkage Between Energy and Food Prices: Case of Selective Asian Economics

  • Dr. Farhad TAGHIZADEH-HESARY, Faculty Member, Keio University

~ Coffee break ~

Legal disputes and solutions in international agriculture trade

  • Dr. Paula PLAZA, Attorney, Angara Abello Concepcion Regala and Cruz Law



Session 2-2

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and food security


  Green growth and food security

  • Dr. Jeong-in KIM, Professor, Chung-Ang University


  Coffee break


  Food security and city resilience (via SKYPE)

  • Dr. Ali Gul QURESHI, Professor, Kyoto University




  Coffee break


  City-Share methodology I - policy skill training group work

  • Ms. Sunwoo BAE, Programme Officer, CIFAL Jeju




5 April


Session 3-1

Policy making and regional cooperation


  Climate change and food security

  • Amb. Young-sam MA, Director, CIFAL Jeju


  Regional overview of the food security and nutrition situation

  • Mr. Jong-ha BAE, former FAO Representative to Vietnam 


  City-Share methodology II - policy skill training group work

  • Ms. Sunwoo BAE, Programme Officer, CIFAL Jeju

Session 3-2

Closing ceremony & study visit


  Closing ceremony

  (Closing remarks, awarding of certificates, group photo, etc.)


  Farewell lunch by CIFAL Jeju (study visit from 12:30)