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International Conference on Asian Food Security (ICAFS) 'Feeding Asia in the 21st Century: Building Urban-Rural Alliances'

The first International Conference on Asian Food Security (ICAFS) was held in Singapore from 10 to 12 August 2011.  ICAFS was organised collaboratively by the Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies and the Philippines-based South East Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA).  The Conference, themed 'Feeding Asia in the 21st Century: Building Urban – Rural Alliances', brought together key public, private and civil society players in food security to analyse, discuss and chart directions for the four basic dimensions of food security: availability, physical access, economic access and utilisation.

For the full programme, please click here.

For the conference report, please click here.

Media Reports

  1. Singapore to Address Global Food Security Through R&D
  2. ICAFS 2011 to Address Issues of Food Security in Asia
  3. Prof. Paul Teng on Food Security
  4. Experts Discuss Asian Food Security
  5. Feeding Asia in the 21st Century: Building Urban-Rural Alliances at International Conference on Asian Food Security (ICAFS) 2011 in Singapore
  6. EU Farm Export Subsidies Already Zero - Consultant
  7. Regional Grain Reserves Needed To Tame Prices - IFPRI
  8. Thai Rice Prices May Rise Above $600/Ton In 3Q - Executive
  9. Asean Plus Three To Finalize Rice Reserve Program By October
  10. High-Zinc Rice For Bangladesh Likely Ready By 2014 - Scientist
  11. Asean Plus Three To Finalize Rice Reserve Program By October
  12. GM Crop Adoption In South East Asia To Take Off From 2012
  13. Asean's Role in Asian Food Security
  14. HDB Rooftops as Farmland?

Media Interview

  Singapore: Linking Urban and Rural Food Security
with Prof. Paul Teng
Senior Fellow, Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, Nanyang Technological University

Speakers’ presentations and papers delivered at ICAFS 2011

Please note that all presentations and papers are draft versions and not meant for citation.


High Level Forum on Food Security
Forum Presentations on ‘Think Global, Act Asia’

Asian Food Security in Relation to Global Food Security

Dr Fan Shenggen
Director General
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Washington DC, US
Powerpoint presentation

Effects of the European Union’s Food and Agriculture Trade Policies on Food Security for Developing and/or Net Food Importing Countries

Dr Franz Fischler
Former European Union (EU) Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries
Powerpoint presentation

Food Security, Livelihoods and the Rural Poor

Fr Francis Lucas
Asian NGO Coalition for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ANGOC)
Quezon City, Philippines
Powerpoint presentation                          


Session 1: The Scope of Food Security in Asia 

The Interdependence between Urban and Rural Food Security in Asia

Prof. Paul Teng
Senior Fellow and Advisor to the Food Security Programme
Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University
Graduate Programmes and Research
National Institute of Education (NIE)

Dr Margarita Escaler
Research Fellow
Graduate Programmes and Research Office
National Institute of Education (NIE)
Nanyang Technological University


Prof. Mely Caballero-Anthony
Director of External Relations
Political Security Community Department
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat
Jakarta, Indonesia          
Powerpoint presentation

Making More Food Available: Promoting Sustainable Agricultural Production

Prof. Rudy Rabbinge
University Professor in Sustainable Development and Food Security
Wageningen University, The Netherlands, and
Immediate Past Chair
Science Council of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)
Powerpoint presentation

Fisheries Resources in Cambodia: Implications for Food Security, Human Nutrition and Conservation

Dr So Nam
Inland Fisheries Research and Development Institute (IFReDI)
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Powerpoint presentation

The Role of Agribusiness and Opportunities for Investment in Food Security

Ms Kavita Prakash-Mani
Food Security Agenda
Syngenta International AG
Basel, Switzerland
Powerpoint presentation


Session 2: Increasing Food Availability: Promoting Sustainable Agricultural Production in Asia

The Need for a ‘Doubly Green Revolution’ to Increase Food Availability

Dr TJ Higgins
Honorary Research Fellow
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Powerpoint presentation

Meeting the Needs for More Fish through Aquaculture

Dr Vijay Gupta Modadugu
World Food Prize Laureate 2005
Powerpoint presentation

Enhancing Food Security by Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture in China: Best Practices and Up-scaling

Prof. Cai Jianming
Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research
Chinese Academy of Sciences   
China Regional Coordinator of RUAF Foundation              
Powerpoint presentation


Session 3: Improving and Ensuring Access to Food

Economic and Agricultural Policies and their Impact on Access to Food by Vulnerable Sectors of Society

Ms Atsuko Toda
Country Programme Manager
Asia and Pacific Division
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Powerpoint presentation

Asian Food Security, Global Grain Trade and the Role of Agribusiness Firms in Managing the Supply Chains

Dr Rolando Dy
Executive Director
Center for Food and AgriBusiness
University of Asia and the Pacific (UAP)
Powerpoint presentation

Supermarkets, Modern Supply Chain, Food Security and the Small Farmer

Prof. Thomas Reardon
Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Michigan State University

Financialisation of Food Commodities – Not the Cause, Not the Cure

Dr Santitarn Sathirathai
Emerging Markets Economics Research group
Credit Suisse


Mr Kun Lung Wu
Credit Suisse
Powerpoint presentation


Session 4: Food Utilisation Dimensions of Food Security – Ensuring Health and Nutrition

Identifying Food Insecure Populations and Response Action to Endure Food Security

Mr Michael Sheinkman
Senior Regional Programme Advisor - Vulnerability, Analysis and Mapping (VAM)
World Food Programme, Regional Bureau for Asia


Mr John Aylieff
Director for Southeast Asia
World Food Program
Powerpoint presentation

Biofortification and Emerging Creative Approaches of the Food Production Sector to Improve Nutrition

Dr Gerard Barry
HarvestPlus Rice Crop Team Leader and
Golden Rice Network Coordinator
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
Powerpoint presentation

Ensuring Food Safety for Food Security

Ms Shashi Sareen
Senior Food Safety and Nutrition Officer
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Bangkok, Thailand
Powerpoint presentation

Effects of Food Security Research, Policy and Programmes on Nutrition Security

Asst Prof. Jintana Yhoung-aree
Institute of Nutrition
Mahidol University
Powerpoint presentation


Session 5: Appropriate Investments to Match Urban Food Security Needs with Areas of Surplus 

The Doha Round Negotiations on Agricultural Trade Rules and Their Potential Impact on Food Security

Mr Raul Montemayor
National Manager
Federation of Free Farmers Cooperatives, Inc. (FFFCI)
Powerpoint presentation

‘Land Grabbing’ as a Food Security Phenomenon: A Critical Review

Mr PK Hangzo
Associate Research Fellow
Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)
Nanyang Technological University


Ms Irene A. Kuntjoro
Research Analyst
Control Risks
Powerpoint presentation

The Brazilian Cerrado Experience and its Implications for Investment to Produce Surplus Food

Dr Jose Geraldo Eugenio de Franca
Executive Director
Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA)
Powerpoint presentation

Food Security: Opportunities for Increasing Agricultural Production in Emerging Markets

Dr Keith Dawson
Technical Director
Continental Farmers Group Ltd, and
Vice President
Scottish Society of Crop Research
Powerpoint presentation


Posted on: 10/8/2011 9:00:00 AM  |  Topic: Food Security

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