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[Videoconference] Enhancing Agricultural Productivity

Type Videoconference
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

Background

  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.


 

Time Schedule
 
TIME  ACTION SPEAKER
10:30-11:30  Test connection  
  OPENING
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
(World bank)
12:07-12:29  Q&A Session  
 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
12:51-13:13  Q&A Session  
 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
(JICA)
13:35-13:57  Q&A Session  
  CLOSING
13:57-14:00  Closing  Mr. Phil Karp (World bank)