By upao - Posted on 24 May 2017

 

Dr. Dindo M. Campilan, Director of the Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical- Asia Regional Office, presented “The Food-Environment-Culture Nexus for a Climate-Resilient-Future.” He discussed the interconnectedness or synergy of food, environment and culture. He also shared the changing R&D agricultural agenda. 

 Hon. Fortunato T. De La Peña, Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), highlighted the initiatives of the department towards contributing to sustainable development.

Sustainable development is the buzzword in the opening program of the 1st International Conference on Food, Environment, and Culture (ICFEC) as heard from the messages delivered by the keynote speakers on May 16, 2017.

Hon. Fortunato T. De La Peña, Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), highlighted the initiatives of the department towards contributing to sustainable development. He then challenged everyone to look at how research and development can be used to maximize the number of beneficiaries. He went on to expound the opportunities of collaboration among researchers, institutions or organizations, with other countries and even bilateral cooperation.

“In the DOST experience, we make it a point that there is collaboration in our programs…at least five groups are involved to maximize all benefits,” he added. Collaboration accorded them positive outcomes such as speeding up work and human development.

On the other hand, Dr. Dindo M. Campilan, Director of the Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical- Asia Regional Office, presented “The Food-Environment-Culture Nexus for a Climate-Resilient-Future.”

He discussed the interconnectedness or synergy of food, environment and culture. He also shared the changing R&D agricultural agenda. In this aspect, he mentioned productivity or bridging yield gaps, sustainability or conserving natural resources for future generations, and resilience or adapting to and mitigating climate change and other risks.

Dr. Napoleon B. Imperial, Deputy Executive Director of the Commission on Higher Education quipped on the restructuring and reorienting of agricultural education challenges in the Philippines.

He mentioned the three key challenges in agricultural education: persistent poverty and hunger, aging and thinning of the ranks of the farmers and the not- so-bright prospect of replacements, ways to make the structure, contents and methodology of agricultural education quickly responsive to the two earlier challenges.

He said that in CHED, they are developing ways to come up with graduates who are socially accountable, productive human assets and relevant in the present time. He then mentioned the significant efforts of CHED in responding to this call.

“The way forward is to rethink, to innovate and to implement,” he ended. //Christine Grace S. Fuchigami