IDACA NEWS

NO.93

April 1, 2011

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REPORTS ON TRAINING COURSES / SEMINARS

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REPORTS ON TRAINING COURSES / SEMINARS

32nd RECA Seminar
Food Security – Seminar on Global Trends and Perspectives

The 32nd RECA Seminar took place for about two weeks from July 12 on the theme of “Food Security – Global Trends and Perspectives.” It brought together 20 senior bureaucrats (including members of the Secretariat) from 12 countries of Asia and Africa who were involved in agricultural development. At the seminar, following a keynote speech by the director of the FAO Liaison Office in Japan, broad discussions were held on such topics as “Global Food Supply and Demand Issue,” “Global Warming,” “Aging of Rural Communities and Farmers,” and “Fostering Farm Successors’’ in line with the theme of the seminar. Recommendations were made on such matters as the importance of concrete support measures that would help poor farmers increase agricultural production in a sustainable way and secure more income.

The participants then went to Hyogo Prefecture for a study visit of the Hyogo Agri Life Center, Yashiro Office Complex, Kasai Agricultural Extension Center, JA Hyogo Minami, and Yahata Corporation for training future leaders of agriculture.

 

Learning Much from Seminar and Field Trips

Taiwan’s agriculture is similar to Japan’s. Through this seminar and field trips, I gained a lot of experiences and ideas. From the agricultural policy to the agricultural cooperative system learned during the 32nd RECA Seminar in Japan, the Council of Agriculture plans to improve the food security policy and actions in Taiwan, such as increasing the food self-sufficiency ratio, encouraging the consumption of locally produced food and securing the food stocks.

I totally agree with the opinion and views concerning Japan’s agricultural policy and realization of multifunctionality and sustainability of agriculture that Japan asserts. Taiwan’s agriculture sector has been facing many challenges, such as a low level of food self-sufficiency, aging farmers, the large acreage of set-aside farmlands, the small scale of faming, the soaring price of fertilizers, natural disasters accelerated by climate change, and the rapid changes in the world food economy. Agriculture is the foundation of sustainable development in Taiwan. The practical and timely solutions to the current problems are crucial for sustainable agriculture. Agriculture is not only providing agricultural production but also keeping the multifunctionality and sustainability of agriculture to people.