|Theme I :
||Future of Agribusiness in Asia
and the Pacific.
Small and Medium agribusiness have been considered
as the key elements of economic development in developing countries,
especially after the Asian economic crisis. In light of free trade regulations,
adaptive strategies for small-medium agribusiness enterprises in the
strong competitive markets become necessary. One strategy is to be able
to link the rural enterprises with international export market. The
session aims to provide abroad spectrum of agribusiness in economic
development, and to examine the impacts of regional trade agreement
such as AFTA on agribusiness development. The potential for bridging
the gap between the community rural enterprise and export market is
exemplified by the case of Thailand. The collaborative effort to promote
agribusiness development in the region will also be highlighted.
|Theme II :
||Agribusiness experiences in
developed and developing countries.
A number of successful cases from selected developed
countries will be presented to illustrate elements of success in agribusiness
development. The aim is to provide learning experiences for the developing
countries where agribusiness is moving on the direction of economic
development. The session on the developed countries will then be followed
by the cases of developing countries in Asia and the Pacific, where
agribusiness is becoming high priority on the national economic development
agenda, but where any infrastructures necessary for agribusiness development
are not fully in place. The aim is to provide a forum for sharing experiences
so that certain policy measures and management strategies can be identified
from the presentation.
||Trends in agribusiness education
and research and human resources in agribusiness.
The session will examine the trends in education
and research in agribusiness among various institutions that help prepare
qualified human resources for the needs. The discussion will cover the
University degree programs and the non-degree continuing education programs
for the professionals, that seek to strengthen business management skills.
The contributions of agricultural economics in agribusiness curriculum
will also be specified in the context of developing countries to meet
future needs in human resource development. The proper training programs
in agribusiness management to bridge the gap between small farm producers
or cooperatives and export opportunity, and on the lessons learnt from
previous themes, will also be examined.
||The poster presentation on
research and education in agribusiness.
Selected posters illustrating contemporary agribusiness
research issues and findings, agribusiness curriculum in various institutions,
and future collaboration in agribusiness research and training will
be displayed in the symposium complex.