SEARCA Hosts Roundtable on Achieving Food Security in Asia
There is a need for accurate and timely data on supply and demand of food, particularly of the staple grains like rice, to help guide the achievement of greater food security. Against this backdrop, twenty policymakers and decision-makers from the 11 Southeast Asian countries will convene on 17-18 November 2010 at SEARCA, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines, to identify key recommendations and research to help further strengthen the food security information system in the region.
Participants of the roundtable on food security, including Dr. Paul Teng (1st row, leftmost), Senior Fellow (Food Security), S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), NTU; Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit. Jr. (1st row, 2nd from left), SEARCA Director; and Dr. Detlef Virchow (1st row, center), Executive Manager, Food Security Center (FSC), University of Hohenheim.Titled Roundtable on Achieving Greater Food Security in Asia through Improved Information Network, the two-day meeting will: (1) discuss and analyze the effectiveness of the existing monitoring and evaluation process of the food security situation in the respective countries; (2) identify gaps in such process especially with an environment that is faced with new challenges like climate change, food-fuel nexus, and globalization of markets; (3) identify measures to encourage the full participation of countries in strengthening the food security information system; and (4) recommend intervention measures (training, research, etc.) to rectify gaps, both on the monitoring and evaluation processes as well as in encouraging greater country participation in the food security information system/network.
The roundtable will feature plenary papers on the following topics: food security situation in Southeast Asia, Asian Development Bank’s approach to poverty challenges, update on the status of the ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS), and farmers’ registration as a tool to determine their vulnerability to food security. Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., SEARCA Director, and Dr. Detlef Virchow, Executive Manager, Food Security Center (FSC), University of Hohenheim, will address the participants in the opening program of the roundtable.
“Food security remains as a major development issue in Southeast Asia and the rest of the world,” said Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., SEARCA Director. Thus, in SEARCA’s Ninth Five-Year Plan(2009-2014), SEARCA has identified food security as one of its development outcomes.
The roundtable is organized by SEARCA, in collaboration with the Food Security Center, Hohenheim University, Germany; and S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. (Maria Angela F Abad)