Review and Assessment of the Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS) in ASEAN
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The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) has developed a framework for analyzing policies to improve agricultural productivity growth and sustainability. This has been applied in comprehensive policy reviews in Australia, Brazil, Canada, and the Netherlands while work with Turkey is still on-going. This framework is also expected to be an important step to implement an in-depth country review to improve agriculture productivity in selected Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states.
It is in this context that the OECD, under its project on “Building food security and managing risk: A focus on Southeast Asia,” has collaborated with the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) for the conduct of a scoping study titled “Review and Assessment of the Agricultural Innovations Systems (AIS) in ASEAN.” The results of the study will be the basis for the policy dialogue between the OECD and ASEAN countries to secure food security in a long term perspective. The scoping study started in July 2015 and will run until June 2016.
The project aims to identify the policy issues to improve agricultural productivity growth and sustainability in ASEAN region. Specifically, it aims to provide an overview of agricultural innovation system in ASEAN countries, highlighting the need to evolve agricultural innovation system to generate innovative solutions for long-term food security concerns.
Following the analytical framework of the OECD Secretariat, the scoping study will include a report on the overview and assessment of the agricultural innovation system in ASEAN countries as well as qualitative and quantitative information on the role of the government in agricultural agro-food innovation. The report will be based on all sources of data and literature available covering four major topics of national agricultural innovation system, namely: (1) governance of innovation system, (2) investments in innovation, (3) facilitating knowledge flow, and (4) strengthening cross-country supply of agricultural innovation. A survey questionnaire, to be administered among representatives of ASEAN Member States (AMS) participating in in the consultation seminars co-organized by the OECD and the ASEAN Secretariat, will also be developed to assess agricultural innovation systems’ strengths, weaknesses, and information gaps. The research work will be conducted in close consultation with the AMS through several seminars to be organized in 2015 and 2016.
Currently, the project team has already prepared the preliminary report based on review of existing literature and databases. Moreover, SEARCA, through Dr. Bessie M. Burgos, Program Head of Research and Development, together with Mr. Bernie S. Justimbaste, the Project Leader, will attend the OECD-ASEAN Regional Conference on Agricultural Policies to Promote Food Security and Agro-Forestry Productivity on 12-13 October 2015 in Seoul, Korea to present an overview of the agricultural innovation system in the ASEAN region. The conference is expected to be participated in by high level officials involved in the implementation and design of agricultural policies related to food security and agricultural productivity in ASEAN countries, including the members of the Senior Officials Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (SOM-AMAF), and officials and experts from OECD member countries and other international organizations.
Assessment of the state and dynamics of agricultural and agro-food innovation systems in the ASEAN region in line with the OECD’s analytical framework;
Collation of all relevant policies, innovative practices, and approaches on topics related to the four dimensions of agricultural innovation system;
Mapping of stakeholders and their respective roles and initiatives on agricultural innovation system in the ASEAN region; and
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