- Improving Safety of Fresh Agricultural Produce from Farm to Table in Asia
- Recent Trends and Future Perspectives of Biofuel Production in Asia
- Enhanced Entry of Young Generation into Farming
- International Seminar on Management and Remediation Technologies of Rural Soils Contaminated with Heavy Metals and Radioactive Materials
- Collection of Relevant Agricultural Policy Information and Its Practical Use
- Increasing Production and Market Access for Tropical Fruit in the Asia-Pacific Region under Changing Environment
- Recent Progress in Swine Breeding and Raising Technologies
June 9-14, 2014
- Background / Highlights of Activity
The first part of the 2013 IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) reports that global mean temperatures will continue to rise over the 21st century if greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated, and extreme climatic events have increased since AR4 published in 2007. Although fruit tree species tend to be more resilient to climate change due to their perennial nature, global climate changes inevitably effect on fruit production, both in terms of quality and quantity, especially in temperate regions, posing a risk of substantial economic losses for fruit industry worth an estimated US$93 billion annually (Luedelingv et al. 2011).
An improvement for the adaptation of temperate fruit plantation to climate change takes time and requires long-term investments. Returns are not likely realized before 3-6 years after the initial investments. And capital recovery may even take much longer. At the nexus of climate change and growing demand for fruit, however, there are opportunities for tropical fruit to help fill in the gaps during the low season of fresh fruit supply in the temperate region. Also many tropical fruit species are usually adapted to hot and humid environments, thus might be better adapted to climate change and grown in diverse agricultural systems for better land use.
On the other hand, the recent increased number of bilateral, plurilateral and regional free trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific region have rendered opportunities for tropical fruit producers and entrepreneurs to expand the supply of their products to markets within and outside their regions of origin. Opportunities also appear for producers to participate in domestic production and marketing of tropical fruit in the countries other than their own. To fully capitalize these opportunities, in addition to technological improvement in production and postharvest management, the mutually-agreed grading and safety standards, and inspection systems for the region will have to be instituted. The proposed workshop is to provide a collaborative platform toward increasing international marketing potential of tropical fruit in changing natural and socio-economic environments.
- To address the constraints related to production and marketing of healthy tropical fruit tree seedlings, production materials, disease diagnostic tools, high-quality and safe fresh tropical fruit, and processed tropical fruit products produced in the context of changing natural and soico-economic environment.
- To formulate the strategies to overcome the addressed constraints and chart the roadmap that enables producers and entrepreneurs to increase their profits from growing tropical specialty fruit, and marketing fruit and other production materials.
- To harmonize grading and safety standards, monitoring systems and quarantine regulations so as to facilitate the international trade of tropical fruit in the region.
RESEARCH IMPERATIVES FOR IMPROVING INTERNATIONAL MARKET ACCESS OF TROPICAL FRUITS (281)
Robert E. Paull and Nancy Jung Chen
QUALITY ASSURANCE AND FOOD SAFETY HANDLING FOR MARKETING TROPICAL FRUIT IN ASIA (332)
IMPROVEING PRODUCTION AND QUALITY OF SELECTED TROPICAL FRUIT THROUGH BREEDING AND MANAGEMENT (271) Chung-Ruey Yen
MANAGEMENT OF PHENOLOGY, FLOWERING AND FRUITING OF LONGAN, RAMBUTAN AND GUAVA (298)
Tran Van Hau
EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND INSECT PESTS OF DRAGON FRUIT, PASSIONFRUIT, CITRUS, LONGAN (328)
Nguyen Van Hoa
IMPROVING HEALTHY PLANTING MATERIAL PRODUCTION TO IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY AND QUALITY OF TROPICAL FRUIT (313)
MARKETING POTENTIAL OF TAIWAN BANANA SEEDLINGS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA (296) Chih-Ping Chao
RESEARCH STRATEGIES TO INCREASE SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION OF DRADON FRUIT AND PASSION FRUIT (324)
Nguyen Trinh Nhat Hang
JIRCAS RESEARCH TOWARDS ENHANCEMENT OF TROPICAL FRUIT RODUCTION IN SOUTHEAST ASIA (302)
REGIONAL NETWORKING TO ENHANCE TROPICAL FRUIT VALUE CHAIN FOR SMALLHOLDER FARMERS (311)
ABSTRACTS for COUNTRY REPORTS (304)