The 2021 NARO-FFTC Symposium on “Data-Driven Agriculture in the Asian and Pacific Region – To Ensure Productivity and Sustainability” was successfully conducted on September 3, 2021. The online symposium was co-organized by FFTC and National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), Japan.
The symposium had over 900 registrants. The participants came mainly from Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia, and a few from North America, Africa, and Europe. About 65% of those belong to the public sector while 25% are from the private sector.
In the symposium, 11 speakers from 6 countries (Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand), shared their experiences in wide scopes covering various applications of AI, UAVs, IoTs, and data platforms. “Precision Agriculture” could become an alternative option enabling a better, efficient, and sustainable farming productivity to small-scale farmers, especially in the Asian and Pacific region.
In this symposium, successful examples of data-driven agricultural technologies were introduced including their applications along the agricultural value chain from upstream to downstream. The former aims to increase production efficiency by using sensors system and decision supporting system, and through fluorescence optical systems and AI-based image analysis to decrease and even predict the occurrence of the disease in the farm. The latter, covering consumption, harvest quality, and process management, introduced various platforms developed by public and private sectors to ensure the establishment of a sustainable agriculture ecosystem. This symposium also aims to contribute significantly to accelerating the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Asian and Pacific region.
The symposium was only open to registered participants on the Cisco Webex platform. However, all the symposium papers and PPT presentations will be shared later on the FFTC official website for dissemination to the general public.
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