SGV participates in Beijing forum

EY China’s Government and Public Sector (GPS) group recently organized a forum on Agriculture Tech-City in Beijing. The forum brought in experts from the academe, agribusiness, and the government sector, as well as other international resource persons. It aimed to provide an avenue to discuss key success factors on how research and private-sector development would help innovations in the agriculture sector and contribute to food security.

FSRM Associate Director Ruben Simon Jr., also one of SGV’s GPS resource persons on agribusiness, rural development and financial inclusion, discussed how such developments happen in the Philippine setting. He spoke on how private and government sector alliances such as the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), PhilRice and the state universities have strived to democratize plant breeding capabilities for rice to enable rice farmers to become scientists themselves – in addition to being recipients of enhanced varieties from these institutions. The private sector (i.e. seed companies) has also partnered with local farmers to push forward inclusive innovation, research and development for the agriculture sector. He reiterated that it is equally important that the government put in place enabling policies and support mechanisms to stimulate the sector that has seen a decline in terms of contribution to the country’s Gross Domestic Product.