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Part I. The workshop

A. Objectives

The workshop brought together various senior scientists of Asia and the Pacific countries to freely interact and exchange information and knowledge gained in research and development on Integrated Nutrient Management (INM) and its impact on soil fertility and farmers’ yields and income. The workshop and ensuing discussions were designed to satisfy the following key objectives:

B. Participants

The workshop was attended by senior soil and plant nutrition specialists from Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, DPR Korea, Fiji, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga and Viet Nam including experts and staff of FAO and China Agricultural University.

C. General design and scope of discussions

Individual country papers were presented by senior scientists from Asia and the Pacific region. Paper presentations were followed by a workshop which reviewed fertilizer use, soil fertility, and nutrient flow situations, lessons learned and shared experiences of the countries in reserch, technology development and transfer of knowledge and information on integrated nutrient management. The participants, likewise, recognized that rapid urbanization is a common barrier to long-term sustainable land management and agricultural land use development. The workshop participants discussed ways and means to promote close collaboration within Asia and the Pacific region for future exchanges of information, data, expertise and experiences in integrated nutrient management. There was a convergence of agreement for the adoption of South-South Cooperation and to strengthen future partnership with the FAO global network as the region’s common platform to promote interregional exchanges of country experts, enhance sharing of knowledge and experiences in research, development and extension on integrated nutrient management and other aspects of sustainable soil and land management technologies.

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