FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

E-agriculture Solutions Forum

29/08/2016-31/08/2016 Nonthaburi, Thailand


agriculture Solutions Forum

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0800-0900:  Registration

0900-1000:  Opening Session

Ioane Koroivuki, Regional Director, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Kundhavi Kadiresan, Assistant Director General & Regional Representative, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Songporn Komolsuradej,Permanent Secretary, Ministry of ICT, Thailand

Theeraphat Prayurasiddh,Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand

Group Photo

Release of the FAO-ITU E-agriculture Strategy Guide and opening of the exhibition

1000-1030: Coffee break sponsored by TRUE Corporation 

Day 1 theme: E-agriculture: Status and need for national strategies

1030-1100: Session 1: The need for developing National E-agriculture Strategy 

Presenter(s): Gerard SylvesterKnowledge and Information Management Officer, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and Ashish Narayan,Programme Coordinator, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.

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1100-1230:  Session 2: National agriculture goals and challenges– Country experiences

Moderator: Sumiter S BrocaSenior Policy Officer, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Presenter(s): Representatives from Bhutan (Pelden Wangmo), Sri Lanka (W A G Sisira Kumara), Mongolia (Bilguun Enkhtungalag), Fiji (Sushma Chand), and Vanuatu (Hinton Nixon)  

1330-1500: Session 3: E-agriculture challenges, opportunities & solutions – Global experiences

Moderator: Rohan Samarajeeva, Founding Chair, LIRNEAsia


Pisuth Paiboonrat, Specialist, National Electronics and Computer Technology Center 
E-agriculture solutions: Experiences from Thailand

Atip Asvanund, Executive Director and Secretary General of the Telecommunications Association of Thailand
Thailand’s Readiness for E-agriculture Strategy from the Perspective of the ICT Industry

Margaret Bernard, University of the West Indies St. Augustine, Trinidad
AgriNeTT - Strengthening the Enabling Environment for Food Security in the Caribbean

Walter Mayers, CEO, PROGIS
Agro-Forest-Environment-ICT for entire countries – cooperation between public, private, NGOs and intergovernmental organizations needed

1500-1530: Coffee break sponsored by TRUE Corporation 

1530-1700: Session 4: E-agriculture challenges, opportunities & solutions – Country experiences

Moderator: Sharbendu Banerjee, Director (Mobiles), CABI Southeast Asia


Andy Lohawatanakul, Head of Overseas Marketing, CP Merchandising Company Limited
CPF Shrimp Sustainable Supply Chain

Satish Thampy, Managing Director (Thailand), OLAM
Building Sustainable Agriculture Supply Chains

Tetsuya Uchino, Fujitsu Kyushu Systems Limited, Japan
Fujitsu Group's Agricultural IoT Challenges

Wu Yin, Senior Expert, China Communication Services International
Implementation of IoTs in Agriculture Industry in China 

 1700-1800: Exhibition, networking & evening coffee


30 August

Day 2 theme: E-agriculture in action: Technologies and solutions

0900-1030: Session 5: E-agriculture solutions for agricultural extension and advisory services

Moderator: Sophie Treinen, Knowledge and Information Management Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome


Srinivasu Pappula, Global Head, Digital Farming Initiatives, Tata Consulting Services (TCS)
The TCS PRIDE™ Model –Empowering Farmers

Noel Magor, Head, Impact Acceleration Unit, International Rice Research Institute (IRR)
Enabling core institutions to strengthen knowledge pathways

Khai Jones, Segment Leader, Agriculture, Intel Corporation (representing Grameen-Intel)
GISB Solutions – Mobile ICT to Improve Livelihood of Small-holder Farmers

Asma Parvin, Deputy Manager, Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development (BIID)
eKrishok: A Sustainable Business Model of eAgriculture

1030-1100: Coffee break; visit the exhibition

1100-1200: Session 6: E-agriculture solutions for agricultural insurance, banking, market access and financial inclusion

Objective: To share solutions and services those bring banking solutions to the rural communities in order to improve livelihoods.

Moderator: Bandula Wickramaarachchi, Secretary, Ministry of Primary Industries, Sri Lanka


Nalin Rawal, Chief (Business Head) - Agri Business Solutions, Skymetweather.
Innovative Solutions for Banking & Agri Insurance sector

Signis Aliks, Project Manager, MicroBanker Project
IT for financial services to farmers – PADEE Project in Cambodia

1230-1400: Lunch break; visit the exhibition

1400-1500: Session 7: E-agriculture services for pest & disease, early warning systems and disaster management

Objective: To share solutions and services that enhances preparedness and facilitates recovery.

Moderator: Nevena Alexandrova-Stefanova, Agricultural innovation systems and Knowledge sharing Officer, FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia


Sanjay Kumar Srivastava, Chief, Disaster Risk Reduction Section, United Nations ESCAP
Assessing disaster losses to agriculture: Outlining e-agriculture solutions

Chan Fook Wing & Sharbendu Banerjee, CAB International
E-agriculture initiatives of CABI in Asia & Africa

YB Srinivasa, Managing Director, Tene Agricultural Solutions
Electronic Solutions Against Agricultural Pests (eSAAP)

1500-1530: Coffee break; visit the exhibition

1530-1730: Session 8: E-agriculture services for food safety and traceability

Objective: To share solutions and services that ensures safe food and provides mechanisms to ensure food traceability.

Moderator: Gerard Sylvester, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific


Worapat Sasibut, Project Manager, OpsSmart Technologies (Thailand) Co.,Ltd.
OpsSmart Traceability Solutions

Bui Binh, Chief Executive Officer, TraceVerified
TraceVerified: Electronic Traceability System in Viet Nam

Reshad Alam, Vice-President, SourceTrace
E-traceability for Worldfish, Bangladesh

Emmanuelle Bourgois, Founder & CEO, FairAgora Asia and VerifiK8
VerifiK8 - A software platform to verify the seafood supply chain

1730-1800: Exhibition, networking & evening coffee


31 August

Day 3 theme: E-agriculture in action: Innovations and Ecosystems

0900-1030: Session 9: Innovations and ecosystems required to sustain ICT solutions for agriculture

Moderator: Hani Eskandar, ICT Applications, ITU


Santosh Ostwal, CEO & Founder Director, Ossian Agro Automation Pvt Ltd.,
Nano Ganesh – a revolutionary ICT tool for farm irrigation

Vinay Kumar, Regional Director: Asia & Global Initiatives, Digital Green
Digital Green: Leveraging social networks for agricultural extension

Theo Cosmora, Founder & CEO, Social Eco
AgriSmartPhone and Engagement Platform

1000-1030: Coffee break; visit the exhibition

1030-1130: Session 10: Sustainable e-agriculture solutions: the way forward

Objective: Panel discussion on ways forward to work together in implementing sustainable ICT solutions for agriculture in the Asia-Pacific region

Moderator: Ashish Narayan, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Panelist: CABI, Intel, IRRI, ITU, FAO, representatives from member countries, private sector. 

 1130-1200: Conclusion session

1200-1400: Lunch break; visit the exhibition

1400-1800: Exhibition, networking and evening coffee

Open to public participation


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Training of Trainers on the development of E-agriculture Strategy