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Jul. 15, 2020

2019 PROJECT 2: Developing innovation strategies in the era of data driven agriculture

2019 PROJECT 2: Developing innovation strategies in the era of data driven agriculture

Speakers and participants of the symposium on "Developing Innovation Strategies in the Era of Data Driven Agriculture" held on October 28-31 in Jeonju, Korea. There are 13 speakers from 7 countries who attend the symposium and share their knowledge and experiences on the establishment of big data using agricultural technologies.

Venue: Jeonju, Korea
Date: October 28-31
Participating countries: 7 countries (Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Korea)
Participants: 140 participants including 13 speakers 
Papers presented: 13
Co-organizer: Rural Development Administration, Korea

The ownership of smartphones has been increasing exponentially in the rural areas of Southeast Asia. Mobile phones have big potential to be a media tool for dissemination of agricultural information. Smart phones have high efficiency of information sharing, easy interaction and communication between experts and users, and have easy updating functions of its systems. Meanwhile, to strengthen joint action among nations to respond to the effects of climate change and changes in the agricultural environment, it is required to establish big data with agricultural technology information. Useful data collection, systematization, and sharing of agricultural technologies for efficient cooperation among nations including the promotion of information exchange for R&D capacity and supporting agricultural policy establishment is essential.

This two-day symposium aims to explore and share the progress and experiences of experts in analyzing image-based Big-Data toward an AI-assisted automatic smart agriculture. A total of 13 professional speakers, from seven countries (Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Korea) were invited to present the issues, applications, and perspectives related to the digital agriculture. The first day of the symposium is divided into three sessions: 1) agriculture big data-management and sharing; 2) AI in agriculture-current status and future; 3) farm management by UAV or other sensing technologies. The keynote speech addressed the concept and structure of digital agriculture based on combination of AI and robots. There were at least 170 participants (including speakers) who joined this symposium.

The topics provided an overview of current digital agriculture application in the Asian and Pacific Region and discussed the challenges and difficulties faced by experts from the private sector as well as comprehensive implementation to farmers for more yield and higher income. The updated policy for the operation of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and flexible horizontal and vertical collaboration among stakeholders in government were also mentioned for more application possibility. Finally, considering the limited affordability and professional background of the main user in digital agriculture, the farmers, the implementation cost, operation interface, and agricultural services were emphasized as priorities for successful promotion.

Major findings and recommendations

1. Utilize data-driven agriculture to meet the challenges of food security, aging farmers, sustainable development, farming activities and production efficiency, especially for the small household farmers in the Asian and Pacific Region by sensors, unmanned vehicles, cloud database, and AI algorithms.

2. Link and connect various collaborated database, agricultural service providers and farmer users for precise farming.

3. Protect and supervise privacy, ownership, transparency of data under the government official regulation, thus ensuring the incentive for business development and private investments.

4. Strengthen knowledge sharing and technical exchange to solidify the capacity building capability of digital agriculture.

5. Exploit the potential in agriculture management such as disease diagnosis, soil fertility, and irrigation situation etc. by using spectral images (UAV or satellite), the physiology/disease index for each crop species.

6. Reduce the learning threshold, manipulation interface, and implementation cost for customers, especially farmers, for comprehensive promotion.

List of papers

• Artificial intelligence and robotics - driven digital agriculture - Kyeong-Hwan Lee 
• The big data management and use case study for agriculture based on data - Yongbeen Cho 
• Agriculture 4.0: data driven approach to galvanize Malaysia’s agro-food sector development - Ahmad Safuan Bin Bujang 
• Application of common information platform to foster data-driven agriculture in Taiwan - Jyh-Rong Tsay 
• Developing an environmental database for agriculture and rural development in Vietnam - Mai Van Trinh 
• Agriculture data collaboration platform: WAGRI-system structure and operation - Shigehiko Hayashi 
• Toward prediction of agriculture traits using multi-omics model - Yang Jae Kang 
• Remote sensing, UAV, and spectroscopy: a game changer in Philippine agriculture - Rolando T. Alberto 
• Trends of IoT applications in smart agriculture - Ta Te Lin 
• Shared geolocation gateway lora network: an alternative smart farm deployment strategic infrastructure - Jeong Hyop Lee 
• Current status and challenges of UAV and other remote sensing technologies for smarter agriculture in Thailand - Poonpipope Kasemasp 
• Project SARAI technologies for climate-smart agriculture in the Philippines - Nelio C. Altoveros 
• Drones application in farming management in Taiwan - Horng-yuh Guo 

FFTC Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin and Dr. Kyu-Suk Hwang, Deputy Administrator of the Rural Development Administration (RDA) in Korea exchange gifts during the symposium's opening ceremony.

The conference hall where the FFTC-RDA symposium was held.

On the third day of the symposium, speakers and participants visit RDA's Smart Agricultural Machinery Education Center, which showcases state-of-the art agricultural machineries used in Korean farms.

Symposium speakers and participants also visit modern greenhouses where vegetables are grown and harvested under controlled conditions.

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