The workshop was ably hosted by the China Agriculture University (CAU) under the effective coordination of Dr Fan Mingsheng with the full support of Dr N. Mona, the FAO Representative in China and CAU’s eminent agricultural scientist, led by Professor Zhang Fusuo.
Sixteen experts and practioners from various institutions in Asia and the Pacific made substantial contributions to the active and practical exchange of applicable technologies, knowledge and lessons learned in Integrated Plant Nutrition Management. The participants represented five South Asian countries (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka), six Southeast Asian countries (Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam); three Pacific Island countries (Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Tonga) and two East Asian countries (China and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea).
Special mention should be given to the full support, unqualified contributions and effective participation provided by eminent scientists from different colleges and universities in China. This includes the College of Resources and Environment Science China Agriculture University; College of Resource and Environmental Sciences, Nanjing Agricultural University; State Key Laboratory of Soil and Sustainable Agriculture Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Soil and Fertility Institute, Sichuan Academy of Agriculture Science; Northwest Sci-tech University of Agriculture and Forestry, Institute of Soil and Water Conservation; Northwest Sci-tech University of Agriculture and Forestry Resource and Environment College Shanxi, Institute of Soil and Fertilizer; and Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Much of the facilitation and guidance in the lively discussions on issues and solutions to the problems related to integrated nutrient management were provided by FAO experts led by Dr Rabindra Roy, Mr Hiroshi Hiraoka and Dr Yuji Niino.
Additional and very valuable experiences and insights into China’s efforts on INM were enhanced by field visits arranged and sponsored by the China Agricultural University and with the help of Dr Fan Mingsheng whose active participation in the workshop was highly appreciated by the workshop participants.
We wish to thank Dr Fan Mingsheng and Professor Zhang Fusuo for compiling and Dr Rogelio Concepcion for editing of these proceedings.