[Videoconference] Enhancing Agricultural Productivity
|Venue||BRAC University, Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Center, INHERENT(Indonesia), World Bank(Jakarta), Tokyo Development Learning Center, KDI School, Mongolia DLC, Papua New Guinea DLC, Vietnam Development Information Center, Ho Chi Minh City Development Learning Center, World Bank(Washington DC)||Date||2012-03-21|
|Host||KDI School of Public Policy and Management||Organizer||KDI School of Public Policy and Management|
East Asia’s leaders see agriculture as an engine for overall economic development. East Asia and Pacific (EAP) and South Asia are predominantly agricultural continents, with economic growth relying heavily on agriculture.
Agricultural productivity is measured as the ratio of agricultural outputs to agricultural inputs. The productivity of a rural region’s farms is important for many reasons. Aside from providing more food, increasing the productivity of farms affects the region’s prospects for growth and competitiveness on the agricultural market, income distribution and savings.
How does agricultural productivity affect to improve sustainable development? Producing at a higher rate than in previous years is crucial for reducing widespread poverty and hunger across the region, in line with Millennium Development Goals.
Asia’s Green Revolution was, in many respects, a development economist’s dream come true. Initially targeted to the irrigated areas, public investments in irrigation and infrastructure dramatically boosted crop productivity during the 1960s and 1970s. However, the impacts of the Green Revolution were uneven across agro-ecologies, and the poor outside irrigated areas had remained poor.
The success rate of rural development efforts has varied from country to country in the region because of multiple objectives of rural development and highly heterogeneous nature of rural areas. Accordingly, one must consider each country’s unique societal, economic and cultural conditions to apply proper models for rural development in the Asia Pacific region.
Nonetheless, given these circumstances, it is natural that policy makers in most countries are concerned about how to design and implement such policies for different regions within rural areas. For this reason, it is vital for them to seek proper ways of developing policies through constant knowledge sharing.
In order to promote knowledge sharing on rural development, KDI School plans to launch a half-day VC seminar in March 2012 in collaboration with the World Bank and other GDLN affiliates to reduce poverty and increase sustainable growth mainly in EAP region and beyond. It is hoped that the seminar will help EAP countries to better understand each country's policy and the needs to apply them to their countries.
|11:30-11:33||Opening & Introduction of Program||Mr. Phil Karp (World bank)|
|11:33-11:45||Introduction of participants at each site||Local facilitators|
|Session 1: World bank's case study|
|11:45-11:47||Introduction of speaker||Mr. Phil Karp (World bank)|
|11:47-12:07||World bank's case study||
Mr. Fabricio Bresciani
|Session 2: Korea’s case study|
|12:29-12:31||Introduction of speaker||Mr. Phil Karp (World bank)|
|12:31-12:51||Korea’s case study||Prof. Je-Kyu Kim|
|Session 3: Japan’s case study|
|13:13-13:15||Introduction of speaker||Mr. Phil Karp (World bank)|
|13:15-13:35||Japan’s case study||
Mr. Shunichi Nakada
|13:57-14:00||Closing||Mr. Phil Karp (World bank)|