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Jul. 17, 2020

2020 Project 07: The practice and benefits of circular agriculture in waste reducing and recycling

2020 Project 07: The practice and benefits of circular agriculture in waste reducing and recycling

This online symposium on “Circular Agriculture,”organized by FFTC and TLRI, with contributions from the British Office and The Netherlands Office in Taipei, aims to exchange knowledge and experiences on the environmental benefits of circular agriculture and strengthen international cooperation.

Type of activity: Symposium 
Date & venue: November 5-6, Taipei, Taiwan
Co-organizer: Taiwan Livestock Research Institute (TLRI)
Partners: Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute (TARI); Netherlands Office Taipei; British Office Taipei; Indonesia; Malaysia; Philippines; Thailand; Vietnam

Rationale

Circular agriculture, as defined by the scientists of Wageningen University of the Netherlands, means that “we keep residuals of agricultural biomass and food processing within the food system as renewable resources. It uses a holistic approach to convert agricultural wastes or residuals from plants and animals into renewable resources without putting so much stress on the environment, nature and climate. It is in effect recycling agricultural wastes or residuals using the combination of modern agricultural technologies and environmentally friendly practices. Furthermore, agricultural wastes or residuals are recycled to create other byproducts or even value-added products that can even preserve more energy and resources. A central principle of circular agriculture is that no more acreage or resources are used than are strictly necessary. Through the use of precision agricultural technologies, like Global Positioning Systems (GPS), sensors, robotics, drip irrigation, Internet of Things (IoT), mobile devices, etc., maximization of production efficiency with an amount of input such as water, nutrients, energy, etc. which is no more than needed can be achieved. It is in this light that a two-day international symposium is being proposed to gather experts on the field of circular agriculture and share knowledge and experiences on the various aspects of the said topic.

Objectives

• To exchange knowledge and experiences on the ‘Environmental Benefits of Circular Agriculture.’
• To strengthen international cooperation on circular agriculture development, technologies for waste reduction and value-added product development.
• To increase public awareness on Circular Agriculture and its environmental and economic benefits.

Expected participants

• 4 speakers from Taiwan related institutes, and 8 speakers from other countries, such as Netherlands (Keynote Speaker), New Zealand (Keynote Speaker), Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, United Kingdom and Vietnam.
• Maximum of 120 participants to include University Professors, researchers, graduate students, young farmers, related NGO, professionals working in the field of agricultural environmental management.

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