In the last four decades, global agricultural production has been increasing steadily averaging 2.3% per year and providing food for the world’s population which has grown at a rate of 1.7% (FAO 2007). To meet the increasing global demand for food, the agriculture sector has to rely on advances in production techniques and expansion in production areas over the years. Meanwhile, around 70% of the poor in the developing countries depend on agriculture, both directly and indirectly, for their livelihood.
However, rapid population growth and increased human activities have resulted in the overexploitation of the environment, and has threatened the ability of the agriculture sector to provide food and income for the people. There are increasing concerns about the agricultural production systems exceeding the environment’s “carrying capacity” or the ability to support human activities.
Clearly, Asian agriculture must continue along the path of sustainable development to support the needs of the present while leaving equal or better opportunities for the future. Hence, further food production increases in the region must be generated by technologies that are ecologically sound, socially equitable, economically viable, and environmentally sustainable.
Green technologies, in the context of this workshop, are innovative technologies with the potential to steer agriculture along a sustainable path, and at the same time contribute to the advancement of economic and efficient production of safe and high-quality food; help Asian small-scale farmers increase their income through high-value marketable farm produce and viable farm enterprises; and promote sustainable production methods to prevent harm to human health and the environment.
Given the differences in the socioeconomic conditions and technological advancements among countries in the Asian region, several factors interplay in the development and adoption of green technologies, such as farm size, availability of resources, and economic risks, among others. Hence, this workshop also intends to deliberate on major barriers to adoption, and success stories on the promotion of green technologies.
The workshop aims to promote regional knowledge and expertise to make agricultural production in Asia safe, sufficient, profitable and sustainable through the development, promotion and adoption of green technologies. Specifically, the workshop shall serve as a venue for the sharing and exchange of innovative and promising green technologies.
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