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First Ever Regional Agriculture Summit in ASEAN, A Massive Success!

Monday, October 9th, 2017
ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion

MANILA: October 6, 2017 – Former Agriculture Secretary and President of InangLupa Movement Dr. William Dar praised ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chair Joey Concepcion for spearheading the importance of agriculture and agripreneurship in fostering shared prosperity through The ASEAN Agriculture Summit 2017.

The first of its kind organized by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council, the event attracted close to 1,500 local and international delegates who were interested in learning about the current successful models in inclusive contract growing, industrial farming, land consolidation, agri-enterprise development, agri value-chain, value-added agri extension services, inclusive business, and technology & innovation. “This summit focused today on informing, inspiring, and connecting ASEAN agriculture stakeholders towards accelerating modernization and industrialization of agriculture under the context of an inclusive, entrepreneurial ecosystem,” Dr. Dar said in his speech which presented the highlights of the summit and the way forward.

Inang Lupa Foundation President and former Department of Agriculture Secretary Dr. William Dar

Inang Lupa Foundation President and former Department of Agriculture Secretary Dr. William Dar

Senator Cynthia Villar also congratulated Chair Concepcion on bringing together various stakeholders in agriculture to champion the plight of poor farmers, fisherfolk and agri-workers through entrepreneurship. Senator Villar, as the Committee Chairperson on Agriculture in the Philippine Senate, touched on the current policies that are being pushed to improve the lives of those in agriculture such as the extension of the Agricultural Competitiveness and Enhancement Fund (RA 10848) and the development and promotion of farm tourism (RA 10816). “Prosperity will not come to pass if we do not work together to improve the plight of farmers, fisherfolk and agricultural workers as well as removing the barriers that prevent them from being more competitive and profitable”, said Senator Villar, “Agripreneurship is the long term solution of lifting them out of poverty. We have to tell them that they are agri entrepreneurs and that that their small farms are their agribusiness.”

Sen. Cynthia Villar

Sen. Cynthia Villar

Council Chair Concepcion in turn congratulated all those who took part in the historic event. In his speech, he imparted the spirit behind the event, his takeaways from his twelve years of rallying for the development of micro and small entrepreneurs, and the challenge of setting up an enabling ecosystem for agripreneurship.

Furthermore, Concepcion stressed on the importance of the convergence of all stakeholders and sectors in making the vision of prosperity for all a reality. “If we really want to change the landscape of prosperity for all in this country, the poor rice and coconut farmers have to be paid attention to. The private sector has to eventually realize the importance of helping. It has to come from the heart, our heart–how much are we willing to share from our wealth? (…) I’ve devoted a lot of time to really seeing and driving the point that partnering for change and creating prosperity for all is not a mere theme but something that all of us together has to achieve. And in the end, agri can only be the game changer if all of you want to see it happen,” said Concepcion in closing.

Forum 1 (Panel 1): Small Farm Holdings and Land Consolidation in Agri Enterprise Development.: Karen Davila (moderator), Dato' Dzulfilki ADB Wahab (FELDA, Technoplant Sdn Bhd. - Malaysia), Henry Lim Bon Liong (SL Agritech) , Dr. Hengky Novarianto (Indonesia Palm Crops Research Institute) and Winston Uy (Universal Leaf Philippines) with Ginggay Hontiveros-Malvar (Go Negosyo Adviser for Agripreneurship) ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion and DOST Secretary Boy dela Peña.

Forum 1 (Panel 1): Small Farm Holdings and Land Consolidation in Agri Enterprise Development.: Karen Davila (moderator), Dato’ Dzulfilki ADB Wahab (FELDA, Technoplant Sdn Bhd. – Malaysia), Henry Lim Bon Liong (SL Agritech) , Dr. Hengky Novarianto (Indonesia Palm Crops Research Institute) and Winston Uy (Universal Leaf Philippines) with Ginggay Hontiveros-Malvar (Go Negosyo Adviser for Agripreneurship) ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion and DOST Secretary Boy dela Peña.

 

Forum 1 (Panel 2): Farm Consolidation as Rural Development Strategy. (L-R): Quintin Pastrana (moderator), Zulkarnain Bin Md. Eusope (FELCRA Berhad - Malaysia), Saran Song (Amru Rice - Cambodia) Alex Buenaventura (Land Bank - Philippines) and Pablito Sandoval (Active Batangas Integrated Multipurpose Cooperative).

Forum 1 (Panel 2): Farm Consolidation as Rural Development Strategy. (L-R): Quintin Pastrana (moderator), Zulkarnain Bin Md. Eusope (FELCRA Berhad – Malaysia), Saran Song (Amru Rice – Cambodia) Alex Buenaventura (Land Bank – Philippines) and Pablito Sandoval (Active Batangas Integrated Multipurpose Cooperative).

 

Forum 2: The Agri Value Chain and Value-Added Agri Extension Services. (L-R): Amor Maclang (moderator), Clint Coo (Siam Organic Co., Ltd. - Thailand), San Mateo Isabela Vice Mayor Roberto Agcaoili, Dr. Kamolrat Intaratat (Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University - Thailand), and Ruth Novales (Nestle Philippines).

Forum 2: The Agri Value Chain and Value-Added Agri Extension Services. (L-R): Amor Maclang (moderator), Clint Coo (Siam Organic Co., Ltd. – Thailand), San Mateo Isabela Vice Mayor Roberto Agcaoili, Dr. Kamolrat Intaratat (Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University – Thailand), and Ruth Novales (Nestle Philippines).

 

Forum 3: Enabling Environment for Inclusive Business. (L-R): Quintin Pastrana (moderator), Dante Delima (ATISCO Philippines), Gigi Gatti (Grameen Foundation USA), Cong. Arthur Yap, USec. Ariel Cayanan (Department of Agriculture) and Oudet Souvannavong (Greater Mekong Sub-Region Business Council and ASEAN-BAC Laos).

Forum 3: Enabling Environment for Inclusive Business. (L-R): Quintin Pastrana (moderator), Dante Delima (ATISCO Philippines), Gigi Gatti (Grameen Foundation USA), Cong. Arthur Yap, USec. Ariel Cayanan (Department of Agriculture) and Oudet Souvannavong (Greater Mekong Sub-Region Business Council and ASEAN-BAC Laos).

 

Forum 4: Leveraging on Technology and Innovation. (L-R): Bettina Quimson (moderator), Jos Van Der Knaap (Rjik Zwaan Seeds B.V.), Dr. Dileepkumar Guntuku (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State University), Parker Ong (BlakCell Technology Limited) and Dr. Kiran Sharma (ICRISAT - India).

Forum 4: Leveraging on Technology and Innovation. (L-R): Bettina Quimson (moderator), Jos Van Der Knaap (Rjik Zwaan Seeds B.V.), Dr. Dileepkumar Guntuku (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State University), Parker Ong (BlakCell Technology Limited) and Dr. Kiran Sharma (ICRISAT – India).

3 Reasons Why You Should Join the ASEAN Agriculture Summit

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

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The ASEAN Agriculture Summit is less than a week away, and many have already signed up for the monumental business event that will spotlight Agribusiness as the Gamechanger Towards Prosperity for All. If you’re still on the fence about attending the event, here are three reasons why you should go:

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1) Discover top trends and innovations shaking up the agri sector

The ASEAN Agriculture Summit will be a first for the region wherein the public and private sector will gather together to share their insights on this integral sector. Here, the most important and relevant happenings in agriculture will be put forward, and you as the delegate will be the first to be in the know.

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2) Learn from the greatest minds in agribusiness

The four forums will be jam-packed with panelists from all over the ASEAN who will impart both technical knowledge on agriculture and business advice for agripreneurs. With the wealth of knowledge our diverse panel will offer, delegates will be primed to position themselves for success!

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3) We are still accepting WALK-INS

If you missed the registration deadline, don’t worry! We are still accepting walk-ins on the day of the event. Just prepare your delegate fee of Php1,500 and a valid ID.

Be part of the ASEAN’s vision for prosperity for all and join the ASEAN Agriculture Summit on October 4, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.

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4 STEPS TO FAST-TRACK SUCCESS IN AGRIBUSINESS

Monday, September 25th, 2017
ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion, DA Secretary Manny Piñol and Henry Lim Bon Liong of SL Agritech.

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion, DA Secretary Manny Piñol and Henry Lim Bon Liong of SL Agritech.

Back in 1985, the agricultural sector contributed 24.6% to the country’s economy according to the World Bank. 30 years later, in 2015, it significantly dropped to only 9%. We used to export more than we import in the same sector, but now it’s the other way around. This is happening in a time where 11.9 million people or 29% of those employed in the Philippines are in this line of work. As huge of a figure as it might seem to be, we still used to have more.

People are becoming less interested in this sector without realizing the possibility of success not just in agriculture per se, but also in agribusiness. We claim to be a predominantly agricultural country but are we really making the most out of our resources and exerting effort to add value to them?

The Philippines has been walking and living with agriculture for as long as we all can remember, but why are we not where we want to be? Could it be because we are individually taking the wrong steps, or because we are not making any at all? To get on the track to success in agribusiness, here’s a few steps you might want to take:

Step 1: Realign your mindset and values
Before taking big leaps, make sure to be at the right starting point, with a destination in mind. A healthy mindset, values, and attitudes towards agribusiness are essential in achieving and sustaining success. If fueled with the right elements, then success is already one step closer.

Step 2: Learn the proper production techniques
To make the most out of what is available, it’s important to get familiar with efficient ways or processes to add more value to raw produce. What would work for one type of agribusiness wouldn’t work for all, so it’s vital to find out what techniques would suit your sector.

Step 3: Consult and Ask Questions
The doors of growth and learning are shut when we begin to think that we already know everything about something. To be a step closer to success, it’s important to consult, inquire, and look through the eyes of another. The best people to ask for directions are those who have gone through the same road.

Step 4: Be part of a community of fellow Agripreneurs
Being surrounded and supported with people who have the same vision helps in moving forward despite adversities. This allows for inclusive growth, and partnerships that would nurture each other.

To help agripreneurs take these steps and help improve productivity and quality through new technologies, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council presents the ASEAN Agriculture Summit 2017: Agribusiness as the Gamechanger Towards Prosperity for All. The summit packed with forums on the most pertinent topics relating to agribusiness will feature the top agribusiness leaders and thought-leaders in the agriculture sector. Merging both public and private perspectives on the future of agribusiness and its impact on the regional bloc, the ASEAN Agriculture Summit will go into detail on the current ecosystem pervading this vital sector in order to help agripreneurs figure out how to position themselves for success in a rapidly developing sector.

The summit will be held on October 4, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. Register now at www.aseanagrisummit.com

AGRIPRENEURSHIP AS THE GAMECHANGER TOWARDS PROSPERITY FOR ALL

Monday, September 18th, 2017

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An Overview on the ASEAN Agriculture Summit

The ASEAN Business Advisory Council, in partnership with the Philippine Department of Agriculture, will hold the ASEAN Agriculture Summit at the SMX Convention Center, Manila with the overarching theme of “Agripreneurship: The Gamechanger Towards Prosperity for All” on October 4, 2017. The event will be held in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture’s Agrilink: 24th International Agribusiness Exhibition and Seminars from October 5 to 7 at World Trade Center, Manila.

The ASEAN Agriculture Summit is an initiative of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council as its first step forward to bring together and mobilize key ecosystem stakeholders into crafting and actualizing an integrated framework for agripreneurship that is integral to achieving prosperity for all. The summit will focus on informing, inspiring and connecting ASEAN agri ecosystem stakeholders toward adopting and supporting the modernization and industrialization of agriculture thru agripreneurship as a sustainable strategy to alleviate poverty, accelerate growth, and promote rural development throughout the region.

Discussants, reactors policy makers in government, and enablers from the private sector will internalize their roles in this dynamic journey toward achieving prosperity for all by sharing their success stories and challenges as agro enterprises with ongoing business within ASEAN and beyond. And through the summit, they will help initiate the establishment of a regional experts group on agriculture focused on entrepreneurship.

The summit proper will be composed of engaging forums and presentations on the most pertinent subjects in agripreneurship. Speakers will include Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and ASEAN-BAC Chair Mr. Joey Concepcion, Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, Executive Director of Center for Food and Agri (CFA) Business in the University of Asia and the Pacific and the Vice President of the Philippine Chamber of Agriculture and Food Dr. Rolando Dy, and Former Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and the President of Inang Lupa Foundation Dr. William Dar. Senator Cynthia Villar will also grace the event as an honorable guest.

The four forums will feature thoughtleaders on agripreneurship from the across the ASEAN and beyond. They will tackle the topics of Small Farm Holdings and Land Consolidation in Agri Enterprise Development, The Agri Value Chain and Value-Added Agri Extension Services, Enabling Environment for Inclusive Business, and Leveraging on Technology and Innovation.

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For more information on the ASEAN Agriculture Summit visit http://www.aseanagrisummit.com/, and to register, visit http://www.aseanagrisummit.com/registration.html.

How Important is Agriculture to the Philippine Economy?

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017
Go Negosyo and Department of Agriculture sealed their partnership for the Kapatid Agri Mentor Me Program (KAMMP) last April 3, 2017. In photo (L-R): Ginggay Hontiveros, Go Negosyo Adviser on Agripreneurship, Dr. William Dar, Go Negosyo Adviser, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion, Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, DA Undersecretary for Marketing, and Luz Tapusok, Director of Agricultural Training Institute.

Go Negosyo and Department of Agriculture sealed their partnership for the Kapatid Agri Mentor Me Program (KAMMP) last April 3, 2017. In photo (L-R): Ginggay Hontiveros, Go Negosyo Adviser on Agripreneurship, Dr. William Dar, Go Negosyo Adviser, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion, Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, DA Undersecretary for Marketing, and Luz Tapusok, Director of Agricultural Training Institute.

Go Negosyo Founder and current Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Mr. Joey Concepcion, has time and again rallied behind agriculture as a gamechanger. But what does this statement really mean? How does agriculture really affect our economy? And in the long run, how can agriculture truly make a positive impact for the Filipino people?

1. Agriculture takes development to rural areas
According to an interview we conducted with Dr. William Dar, agripreneurship can bolster rural development and create sustainable economies in many rural areas. Agripreneurship as a portmanteau for agriculture and entrepreneurship and puts forward the concept of agriculture as no longer limited to mere production but one that can be fortified by entrepreneurship. When agriculture becomes a viable of source of income for rural communities, these areas can also begin to develop in terms of other industries.

2. Agricultural development can lead to food security
It is obvious that agriculture is the food source of nation. The Philippines is considered to be one of the most biodiverse areas in the world and the agricultural sector counts for about two-thirds of the country’s employment. Why is it then that the workers in agriculture are also the most food insecure and susceptible to malnutrition? When agricultural development progresses, through modernizing and good governance, the Philippines can begin to have food that is sufficient and accessible to everyone. When workers in the agri industry are well-compensated and gain purchasing power, they are able to buy food and at the same time sufficient food supplies will drive prices down.

3. Agriculture is the key to unlock economic self-sufficiency
For micro, small and medium enterprises, agripreneurship and its game-changing potential can create a culture of economic self-sufficiency. Many sectors depend on agriculture to provide raw materials. When the Philippines can produce high-quality raw materials internally, the need to export these materials will no longer exist. Creating a strong agricultural sector can in fact lead economic progress through export.

4. Agriculture can lead to poverty reduction
Due to sheer number of workers in the agricultural industry, many of whom fall below the poverty line, improving their lives through the development of their industry can positively contribute to the reduction of poverty. Agripreneurship is seen as one way for workers in the agricultural sector to become empowered citizens. By transferring entrepreneurial knowledge and skills to the agricultural industry, many Filipinos whose source of livelihood is in agriculture are able to bolster their income and savings. However, the challenge for agripreneurs is how to become more competitive. ““There are only 8,195 MSMEs in agriculture, forestry, and fishing or approximately 1% of the total 896,839 MSMEs,” Dr. William Dar says. Furthermore, not many farmers are aware and interested in transitioning into agriprneurship. “Farmers must be given access to credit, capacity training, links to manufacture and trade, etc.”

This is why the Kapatid Agri Mentor Me Program (KAMMP) is a timely initiative for the betterment of our nation. KAMMP hopes to tap agri workers from all regions and give them a crash course on agripreneurship with the aid of experts who will act as their mentors. KAMMP is a project by the Department of Agriculture and Go Negosyo and will begin its launch this July and will cover all the country’s regions.