The ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC) Philippines, together with Go Negosyo and the Department of Agriculture (DA) Philippines, will once again hold the second ASEAN Agriculture Summit on October 1, 2018, at SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.

With the theme “Champions and Emerging Icons of Inclusive Business, Technology, and Innovation in Agriculture,” the summit aims to inspire and empower stakeholders in the industry by recognizing those who have greatly contributed to the advancement of agribusiness.

On its second run, the ASEAN Agriculture Summit will present major ongoing developments in agriculture enterprises that operate using the inclusive business and 3Ms (money, market, mentorship) models.

Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat and Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol will deliver their keynote messages. Also invited as guest speaker for the second ASEAN Agriculture Summit is House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

“If we really want to change the landscape of prosperity for all in this country, we must pay attention and give importance to our farmers and other players in agriculture. The Philippines, as an agricultural country, with a land area of 30 million hectares, can become an even stronger player in the ASEAN, if we align our efforts to ensure that innovation in the field is supported and that the programs we develop can sustain growth,” said ASEAN BAC Philippines Chair Joey Concepcion during the summit’s first launch in 2017.

ASEAN BAC PH Chair Joey Concepcion, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, 2018 ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chair Dr. Robert Yap, and Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat will each deliver their keynote messages during the summit. House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was also invited as a guest speaker for this year’s Agriculture Summit.

For this year’s ASEAN Agriculture Summit, ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines Chair Joey Concepcion will welcome attendees with his keynote address. 2018 ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chair Dr. Robert Yap will also deliver his keynote message.

At the summit, panelists from the Philippines and other ASEAN countries will also share their own experiences and strategies that will encourage policy adjustment and system transformation for agribusinesses. There will be five forums, which will be participated in by the key players in the agribusiness sector: (1) 3Ms Model as Championed in the Agriculture Industry, (2) Technology and Innovation as Game-changers in Agriculture, (3) Shaping the Future of Food Security and Agriculture, (4) Inclusive Finance for Agribusiness, and (5) Platforms and Opportunities in Growing Agriculture Market Access.

As part of the summit, outstanding agribusinesses, entrepreneurs, and innovators who have shown exceptional feats in the agriculture sector will also be recognized in the first-ever AGROW Awards.

Chaired by Destileria Limtuaco and Co. President Olivia Limpe-Aw, the panel of judges for the AGROW Awards is comprised of Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Ariel Cayanan, Go Negosyo Adviser on Agripreneurship and Sulu and Marawi Projects Ginggay Hontiveros-Malvar, Harbest Agribusiness Corporation Arsenio Barcelona, Inang Lupa Foundation President Dr. William Dar, and Foundation for Resource Linkage and Development President Tony Roces.

The summit will also bring together over 150 mentors, experts, and practitioners to help inspire and empower agripreneurs during the Go Negosyo Mentor ME one-on-one mentoring session.

Since 2017, the ASEAN Agriculture Summit has been bringing together stakeholders and enablers from the agriculture sector to develop an integrated framework which allows businesses and entrepreneurs to find greater success in the industry.

We are now accepting delegates for the 2018 ASEAN Agriculture Summit!

Nominations for the AGROW Awards are now open! Help us recognize inspiring agribusinesses and game-changers in the industry — including YOU. Apply now via Deadline of nominations is until August 20, 2018.