Date: 17 October 2013
Time: 9:00am to 5:45pm
Venue: Nanyang Executive Centre, NTU
Organised by: RSIS Centre for NTS Studies
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Asia is facing a serious food security challenge given significant pressure from a number of established factors and recognised trends. These include changes in demography and consumption patterns, performance decline of agriculture, degradation of the natural resource base for food production, volatility of food prices, the rising cost of fuel, the transformation of supply chains and the supermarket phenomenon.
This Inception Meeting seeks to provide a forum for experts to share their thoughts in an informal setting on a possible programme for the second International Conference on Asian Food Security (ICAFS) to be held on 20-22 August 2014 in Singapore. In brief, the Meeting aims to:
- Guide the development of an appropriate and relevant programme for ICAFS 2014;
- Discuss and corroborate conference themes that are relevant to the thinking horizon of 2025 in Asia;
- Deliberate on the anticipated outcomes of ICAFS 2014; and
- Identify possible knowledge partners for ICAFS 2014 beyond the existing group.
Given the challenges and trends faced by Asia, ICAFS 2014 therefore seeks to identify clear policy directions and intervention guidance towards enhancing food security. Desired outcomes are actionable recommendations that are more attuned to the new realities of food security challenges of Asia as it approaches 2025.