ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines named the first batch of Golden Agrow Awardees in the last ASEAN Agriculture Summit 2018 held last October 1, 2018 at the SMX Convention Center Manila. Awardees include: Huang Ho Agricultural Farms (Brunei) represented by their Secretay General Choo Jun Lee, Amru Rice Co., Ltd. (Cambodia) represented by their Chairman and CEO Saran Song; GarudaFood (Indonesia) represented by their Director of Manufacturing Rudy Brigianto; Burapha Agroforestry Co., Ltd. (Laos) represented by their Deputy CEO Souphayvanh Thiengchanxay, Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (Malaysia) represented by their Operations Director Samuel Teh Sar Moh Nee; Myanma Awba Group Co., Ltd (Myanmar) reperesented by their Chairman and Group CEO U Thadoe Hein; SL Agritech Corp. (Philippines) represented by their Chairman and CEO Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong; Olam International Ltd. (Singapore) represented by their Co-founder and Group CEO Sunny Verghese; Swift Co., Ltd. (Thailand) represented by their Managing Director Paphavee Suthavivat, and ITA Rice Fragrant Rice Research & Export Corp. (Vietnam) represented by their General Director Tran Hoang An.
The awards were handed over to the awardees by Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol; ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines Chair Joey Concepcion; 2018 ASEAN BAC Chair Dr. Robert Yap; ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines Member and Vice Chairman of SM Investments Corporation Tessie Sy-Coson; and ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines Member and Philippine Chamber of Commerce Industry Chairman George Barcelon.

ASEAN BAC Philippines to Champion the Agriculture Industry through ASEAN Agriculture Summit 2018

ASEAN Agriculture Summit 2018 Golden Agrow Awardees and Summit Speakers.

Bringing together more than 50 top-notch global speakers, the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN), ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC) Philippines, together with Go Negosyo and the Department of Agriculture (DA) Philippines, will once again hold the most anticipated and biggest ASEAN Agriculture Summit on October 1, 2018, at SMX Convention Center Manila, Pasay City.

With the theme “Champions and Emerging Icons of Inclusive Business, Technology and Innovation in Agriculture,” the summit aims to showcase how agriculture is a game changer by  bringing together various stakeholders of the diverse agriculture ecosystem who will present ongoing developments in agriculture enterprises with inclusive business and 3Ms initiatives (Mentorship, Money and Market) as a way to share real live learnings.

More than 2,000 participants are expected to come in the ASEAN Agriculture Summit. In the list are the exemplary icons in the industry, cooperatives, aspiring and existing agri-entrepreneurs, as well as students and teachers from all over the country.

ASEAN BAC Philippines Chair Joey Concepcion, 2018 ASEAN BAC Chair Dr. Robert Yap, Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Pinol, and Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat will deliver their keynote messages during the summit.

Also, in the effort to make agriculture sector a sustainable growth driver and game-changer in ASEAN, the ASEAN BAC Philippines will recognize outstanding agribusinesses, entrepreneurs, and innovators who have shown exceptional feats in the agriculture sector in the first-ever AGROW Awards. This aims to award the sterling achievements of inspiring agribusinesses and game-changing stakeholders enabling innovation in agriculture advancement in the region.

The event will bring all the key people in the sector including the groups from the academe. In the list are ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) chairs and members, delegates from public and private sectors, including Go Negosyo Mentors, ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) mentors and many more.

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2 Days ’til ASEAN Agriculture Summit 2018

On October 1, 2018, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines will be hosting the ASEAN Agriculture Summit 2018! On its second run, the summit will present on-going developments in agriculture enterprises that operate using the inclusive business and 3Ms (money, market, mentorship) models. Panelists across ASEAN and other countries will share their experiences and strategies that will encourage policy adjustment and system transformation for the agribusinesses.

This Summit will indeed prove that agriculture is a game-changer!

Be part of the change and join ASEAN Agriculture Summit 2018 on October 1, 2018 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. #AgriTheGameChanger #ASEANAgriSummit2018


Loop in Agribusiness: Discovering the Wonders of Farm Tourism

Ever wonder how vast agriculture can be? Well, let’s take a look into the wonderful world of agriculture.

To give an introduction to the most challenged sector here in the Philippines and in the other countries, the agriculture industry offers myriads of possibilities. One of which is the rise of farm tourism. It also plays a vital role in economic development especially in rural areas. With world-class beaches, diving sites and agricultural destinations, the Philippines, through the years has transformed into a wonderful tourist hotspot that is patronized by local and foreign tourist across the world!

As Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said, “It’s more fun and profitable with farm tourism.”

DOT has shifted direction to a more comprehensive plan in prioritizing farm tourism. Farm tourism is the business of attracting more local and foreign tourist to farms and rural areas generally for educational and recreational purposes while creating environment friendly image and encouraging economic activities that can give farms and communities additional income.

If you love to go around and whiff fresh of farm air, feed animals, collect, produce, and eat fresh-cooked farm meals, pick fruits and harvest vegetables and other activities, then farm tourism might be the one you are looking for. Those are just few of the many things you can do and enjoy in these farms. Now, buckle up as we tour you to some of the farm tourism spots in the Philippines.

COSTALES NATURE FARM. Established in 2005 and nestled at the foothills of Mt. Banahaw in Majayjay Laguna. Costales Nature Farm provides workshops for those who wish to learn about sustainable organic farming and farm tourism. They are also accredited as a private extension service provider for the Agriculture Training Institute (ATI) of the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Tourism (DOT) and awarded as the first farm tourism destination in the Philippines.

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Tapped as one of the major single producers of organic high value vegetables and herbs for the Bistro Group, Moment Group, Solaire Resort & Casino, Cibo, Dizon Organics, Dalcielo, Shangri-La Hotel among others, Costales Nature Farms is identified as one of the premiere agri-tourism destinations in the Philippines. Their farm tour packages cater visitors who opt to relax and experience farm life for a day or two.

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EPHRATHAH FARMS. Located at Brgy. Sariri, Badiangan Iloilo, Ephrathah Farms practices organic farming. They are committed to natural food production. Aside from their usual farm production and other tourist accommodation activities, they also offer their place as a venue for events like weddings, celebrations and many more. Having thousands of visitors per month, Ephrathah Farms ensure sustainability in their enterprising activities as it utilizes vermi-composting, a process where food and animal wastes are fed to worms which generates fertilizers. They assure that the harvest served at their farm’s restaurant and produce sold at their supermarket are grown organically.

TERRA VERDE ECO FARM. Terra Verde Ecofarm is an Extension Service Provider (ESP) of Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) which practices integrated diversified farming system. The farm is located in Maragondon, Cavite. Aside from sustaining their farm, they also aim to entertain, educate, and develop enterprises through agri-tourism activities such as accommodations and other farm activities like vegetable picking and feeding and personal encounter with animals in the farm. The Atanacio family who owns Terra Verde Eco Farm offers training to farmers on organic farming practices and help raise awareness for consumers on the do’s and dont’s in farming.

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KAHARIAM FARMS. Located at Barangay Adya, Lipa City, Kahariam Farms promote eco-friendly ways of producing their own food with minimal cost. They also take time on educating students on the importance and benefits of having clean, pesticide free vegetables, and a healthy lifestyle. The farm is advocating Biyaya ng Kalikasan Vermicast, a zero waste technology they use in the benefits of urban farming.

The farm offers activities such as exploration of greenhouses that store tons of valuable worm compost, a tour through their 200-meter covered pathway farms which produced the first organic rice seeds in Asia, feed tilapia & koi fishes at the pond and many more!

MILEA BEE FARM. Accredited by the Department of Tourism, the farm offers more unique experiences to visitors by bringing bees closer to people. They are giving a learning experience not only for the visitors, but also to farmers who want to delve more about the culture of bee keeping and growing different crops organically. Their farm is located in Balagtasin, San Jose, Batangas.

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Following the Republic Act 10816 or the “Farm Tourism Development Act of 2016,” Milea Bee Farm decided to transform their bee farm into a tourism spot by embodying the importance of agriculture in making available food and other products necessary to sustain and enhance human life, and by providing livelihood to a major portion of the population in their community. Apart from their advocacy to promote environment-friendly and efficient and sustainable farm practices, they also provide agricultural services such as bee colony relocation and bee keeping workshop.

Join us on October 1, 2018 at SMX Convention Center, Pasay City as we host the 2nd ASEAN Agriculture Summit 2018 and present to you how agriculture and farm tourism is the game changer.


Eight Reasons Why You Should Attend the ASEAN Agriculture Summit 2018

The ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines will once again hold the ASEAN Agriculture Summit this coming October 1, 2018 at SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. Here are eight reasons why you should not miss this summit:


This years’ ASEAN Agriculture Summit will present four top of the line keynote speakers who will present their messages and insights on the on-going developments in agriculture enterprises with inclusive business and 3Ms initiatives as a way to share real live learnings and quick wins that stakeholders may glean insights for policy adjustment and system transformation.

On the list are: ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines Chair Joey Concepcion, 2018 ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chair Dr. Robert Yap, Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Pinol and Inang Lupa Foundation President and former secretary of the Department of Agriculture Dr. William Dar.


Planning of exploring the international market? Good news!  There will be ASEAN mentors and speakers who will be imparting regional integrated framework on agripreneurship which can be applied to international and Philippine agriculture.

Speakers will discuss the role of different key ecosystem stakeholders in order to mobilize them in crafting and actualizing agriculture sector. To give you snippets of our world-class speaker line up, we will have Dr. Cho Han-Kyu, ​Chief Resource Person, Founder and Promoter, Cho Global Natural Farming, Mr. Oknha Sok Piseth,​ Council Member, ASEAN-BAC Cambodia, Vice Chairman of (Cambodia) Chamber of Commerce, CEO of G Gear Co., Ltd, Ms. Siti Rozaimeriyanty DSLJ HJ ABD Rahman, ​Council Member, ASEAN-BAC Brunei, Mr. Saran Song, ​ Chairman & CEO, Amru Rice Co., Ltd. (Cambodia), Mr. Justo Ortiz,​ Chairman, Blockchain Association of the Philippines, and Chairman, Union Bank of the (Philippines), and Mr. Mark Matthews, ​COO, Business Development, Inclusive Business Practitioners (Melbourne, Australia).


Each forum will be moderated by personalities. Catch Mr. ​Guillermo “Bill” Luz, ​Private Sector Co-Chairman of the National Competitiveness Council, Mr. Quintin Pastrana, ​Former Anchor of Bloomberg Philippines, Ms. Amor Maclang, ​CEO of Geiser-Maclang and Ms. Josephine Romero,​ CEO of Magpie as they give high-altitude questions during the forum.


Prominent speakers and stakeholders in the agriculture industry will discuss techniques in handling their agribusinesses in their keynote speeches and discussions. Listen as they share some of their personal experience — success and down lows in agribusiness and how they got into the limelight of the business. Also, don’t miss the chance to know why and how agriculture can be the biggest game changer in the advancement of the country.


Attendees will get a chance to be acquainted by fellow agripreneurs and can harness relationships with the experts in the industry. Be mentored by successful agripreneurs and be connected to financial institutions in order to grow your business. Expand your network through the ASEAN Agriculture Summit!


On its second run, ASEAN Agriculture Summit 2018 will showcase five forums featuring key players and stakeholders in the agriculture industry. The panel discussions will elaborate on the following key topics:

1) Shaping the future of food security and agriculture;
2) 3Ms model as championed in the agriculture Industry;
3) Technology and innovation as game-changers in agriculture;
4) Inclusive finance for agribusiness
5) Platforms and opportunities in growing agriculture market access.

Witness comprehensive forum with outstanding speakers, stakeholders and experts from different countries.


Pioneering this year, the first AGROW Awards will be recognizing over 30 agripreneurs, inclusive private sector agribusinesses, and game-changing innovators across the ASEAN region who have been successful in modernizing and developing the Philippine or ASEAN agriculture landscape.

Learn more about the success stories of the AGROW awardees and be inspired to immerse in the growing agriculture sector.


Missed the chance to register online? Worry no more!  You can still go to the event on the day itself.

This is your chance to know more about the agriculture industry and grow your own agri business model. Learn from the experts and be inspired by their success stories.

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


Looking back on last year’s successful ASEAN Agriculture Summit

ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines Chairman Joey Concepcion

Part of the Philippine chairmanship of ASEAN last year, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines hosted the first-ever ASEAN Agriculture Summit in SMX Convention Center.

Here is what went down during the summit which was pioneered by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines.

With the theme, “Agripreneurship: Uplifting Lives Towards Prosperity for All”, the summit aimed 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 event attracted close to 1,500 local and international delegates — agripreneurs, stakeholders, and even students who were interested in engaging through events that foster the growth of Agriculture.

The summit focused on informing, inspiring, and connecting agri ecosystem stakeholders toward adopting and supporting the modernization and industrialization of agriculture through agripreneurship as a sustainable strategy to alleviate poverty, accelerate growth, and promote rural development throughout the region.

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion was joined by Inang Lupa Foundation President Dr. William Dar and Philippine Senator Cynthia Villar. Each keynote speakers discussed their own thoughts and shared their expertise to inspire delegates to work together for an improved agriculture across the ASEAN member states.

Sen. Cynthia Villar

Inang Lupa Foundation President Dr. William Dar

“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 Concepcion.

In addition to the keynote speakers, prominent figures such as Henry Lim Bon Liong of SL Agritech, Winston Uy of Universal Leaf Philippines, Alex Buenaventura of Land Bank – Philippines, Clint Coo of Siam Organic Co., Ltd. – Thailand, Parker Ong of BlakCell Technology Limited, Dante Delima of ATISCO Philippines, Oudet Souvannavong of Greater Mekong Sub-Region Business Council and ASEAN-BAC Laos and many more experts  in agripreneurship from the ASEAN regions led the four panel discussions on the following topics:

  1. A) Small Farm Holdings and Land Consolidation in Agri Enterprise Development B.Farm Consolidation as Rural Development Strategy;
  2. The Agri Value Chain and Value-Added Agri Extension Services;
  3. Enabling Environment for Inclusive Business; and
  4. Leveraging on Technology and Innovation.

ASEAN Agriculture Summit 2017 Forum one panelists.

“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.” Senator Cynthia Villar on stressing the importance on the improvement of the plight of farmers, fisherfolk and agricultural workers in the country.

The first ASEAN Agriculture Summit was established for a stronger public-private partnership in creating an enabling and inclusive economy for the underserved sectors of the society particularly the farmers and other members of the agriculture sector.

And on October 1, 2018, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines will once again hold the second ASEAN Agriculture Summit at SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. Its second run will feature the first-ever AGROW Awards to recognize outstanding ASEAN businesses and entrepreneurs in the agriculture sector.

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 through