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PIA Press Release
2008/08/25

Asian agri-economists converge in Manila for 3-day conference

Manila (25 August) -- The 6th Asian Society of Agriculture Economists International Conference titled "Asian Economic Renaissance: What's in It for Agriculture?" will be held 28-30 August at AIM Conference Center Manila, Philippines.

The conference brings together acknowledged policymakers, university researchers, professionals and specialists from bilateral and multilateral development agencies, and private-sector practitioners to share experiences, exchange perspectives, and discuss consequences, emerging issues, and challenges of the Asian economic miracle on agriculture and rural development, food security, and poverty.

The conference aims to draw up intellectual inputs than can help shape and focus agriculture policy design in the region, according to the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Research and Graduate Study in Agriculture (SEARCA).

Highlights of the programme include: Opening Remarks by Arsenio Balisacan, Conference Chair and Vice President, Asian Society of Agricultural Economists, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA); Presidential Address by Jamalludin Bin Sulaiman, President, Asian Society of Agricultural Economists, Universiti Sains Malaysia; Secretary's Address by Ki Whan Chung, Secretary General, Asian Society of Agricultural Economists, Korea Rural Economic Institute; and Message by Keijiro Otsuka, President-Elect, International Association of Agricultural Economists, Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development, Japan.

Some topics focused on the Philippines include Philippine Agriculture in International Perspective; and Distortions to Agricultural Incentives in the Philippines.

SEARCA has invited media organizations to the opening ceremonies on August 28 at 9 a.m. Details and inquiries may be addressed before and during the programme to Maria Angela F. Abad, Mobile Number: 09062911703. (SEARCA/PIA) [top]

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