International Conference on Asian Food Security (ICAFS) 2014
Towards Asia 2025: Policy and Technology Imperatives
21 – 22 August 2014
Asia faces serious challenges to its food security. Changing demographics and consumption patterns, productivity decline in agriculture, degradation of natural resource base, food price volatility, rising input costs, as well as transformation of supply chains and the “supermarket phenomenon”, are but a few of these. Add to this the various anticipated short- to medium-term trends, and it becomes clear that focused efforts towards mitigating the challenges are urgently needed.
In light of prevailing and foreseeable trends that have direct consequences for the region’s food security, the second International Conference on Asian Food Security (ICAFS) organised by the RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies will focus strongly on Asia’s response towards the thinking horizon of 2025.
Specifically, ICAFS2014 seeks to:
- Suggest recommendations that contribute towards enhancing food security at the national and regional levels, and identify clear policy directions and interventions to guide efforts towards food security.
- Provide concrete and actionable policy recommendations attuned to the new realities of food security challenges as Asia approaches 2025.
- Identify ways in which Asia could position itself to maximise the full benefits of its connectivity and build on its comparative advantage within and vis-à-vis other regions.
ICAFS2014 will be a key forum to meet and discuss the issues and drivers of Asian food security with leading government policy, business and development experts from the Asian Development Bank, the International Food Policy Research Institute, Syngenta, the Indonesian Food Security Agency, Indian and Chinese food experts, and many others.
This conference is a “must” for all involved with planning, designing and developing policies and strategies to cope with the changing Asian agri-food landscape. ICAFS is aimed at all those with leadership responsibilities to understand and address these changes. It will be especially useful for government leaders, agri-food industry experts, civil societies and NGOs, members of academia, and representatives of investment entities.
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